Very Rev. Fr. John Kobina Louis is a priest of the Archdiocese of Accra, Ghana.

THE SUFFERING OF THE CHRISTIAN

THEME: THE SUFFERING OF THE CHRISTIAN READINGS: Isaiah 50:5-9 / James 2:14-18 / Mark 8:27-35 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Christians, like all other human beings, suffer or experience challenges and problems in life. Some, for instance, lose their jobs or businesses, while others have problems in their marriages. Again, we sometimes get sick, or even lose…

GOING BEYOND RITUALS

THEME: GOING BEYOND RITUALS READINGS: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8/ James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 / Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Often when nations bid to host a sporting event, they also aspire to win the competition.  Hence, the slogan, ‘host and win’.  However, more often than not, teams of hosting nations do not…

ARE WE ON THE LORD’S SIDE?

THEME:  ARE WE ON THE LORD’S SIDE? READINGS: Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18/ Ephesians 5:21-32 / John 6:60-69 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time As the Israelites were almost close to the Promised Land and Moses was almost at the end of his life, he asked them to make a choice between the Lord God and the idols…

MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE

THEME: MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE READINGS: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15, 31 / Ephesians 4:17, 20-24/ John 6:24-35 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time God, according to the first reading, provided manna for the hungry Israelites as they journeyed to the Promised Land (Exodus 16:13-15). Despite this and other provisions which God made for His…

SHEPHERDS OF THE LORD’S FLOCK

THEME: SHEPHERDS OF THE LORD’S FLOCK READINGS: Jeremiah 23:1-6/ Ephesians 2:13-18/ Mark 6:30-34 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time The imagery of a shepherd is very important in the history of the Israelites. They saw a shepherd as someone who was courageous to ward off wild beasts and to fight armed robbers who sometimes attacked them. …

THE GOSPEL IS NOT FOR SALE

THEME: THE GOSPEL IS NOT FOR SALE READINGS:  Amos 7:12-15/ Ephesians 1:3-14/ Mark 6:7-13 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time The prophet Amos declared that prophecy was his vocation but not his profession.  By profession, he was a shepherd and a farmer, but then God called him to prophesy to Israel (Amos 7:12-15).  Thus, Amos did not…

REJECTION OF GOD

THEME: REJECTION OF GOD READINGS:   Ezekiel 2:3-5/ 2 Corinthians 12:7-10/ Mark 6:1-6 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time “I am the Lord your God…. you shall have no other god besides me” (Exodus 20:1-3).  So important is this Law that it is given the first place – the pride of place – among the Ten Commandments…

GOD IS THE GIVER OF LIFE

THEME: GOD IS THE GIVER OF LIFE READINGS: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24/ 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15/ Mark 5:21-43 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time In the face of a life-threatening sickness, so many questions may arise.  In such a situation, even some Christians feel that God is very distant from them. Worse still is when we…