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

Christ is born

BETHLEHEM

READINGS: Micah 5:1-4/ Ps. 80/ Heb. 10:5-10/ Luke 1:39-45 THEME: BETHLEHEM 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT None of us determined where he/she was born, but some parents may plan and determine the exact places of birth of their children. Some young women of developing countries even travel abroad to give birth, so that their children could…

Sermon on the Mount

REJOICE

READINGS: Zeph. 3:14-18/ Resp. Ps [Is. 12: 2-6]/ Phil. 4: 4-7/ Lk. 3:10-18 THEME: REJOICE 3rd Sunday of Advent A theme which runs through the readings is ‘Rejoice!’ The first reading says: ‘Shout for joy …Rejoice, exult with all your heart’! The responsorial psalm says: ‘Sing and shout for joy, for great in your midst…

FILL YOUR VALLEY, LEVEL YOUR MOUNTAIN

READINGS: Baruch 5.1-9/ Ps. 126/ Phil. 1.4-6, 8-11/ Luke 3.1-6 THEME: FILL YOUR VALLEY, LEVEL YOUR MOUNTAIN 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT Often in Africa, a visit by a president to a remote village is preceded by the re-grading or up-grading of poor roads. Tractor-size pot-holes are filled up and hilly portions are leveled down. Similarly,…

The Last Judgement by Jean Cousin

STAY AWAKE

READINGS: Jer. 33:14-16 / 1 Thess. 3:9-13 / Luke 21:25-36 THEME: STAY AWAKE 1st SUNDAY OF ADVENT Beloved, imagine you are anticipating with great excitement a game/programme that would take place at 2am (because of time difference between your location and the venue of the event).  Now how would you feel when you wake up…

THE CLIMAX OF THE OPENING CEREMONY

READINGS: Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33-37 THEME: THE CLIMAX OF THE OPENING CEREMONY SOLEMN FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING Last week, I used the spectacular opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games to illustrate the message of Christ’s second coming.  The climax of that ceremony was Queen Elizabeth apparently ‘jumping out’ of the…

The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated,

PREPARE FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY

READINGS: Daniel 12: 1-3/ Heb. 10: 11-14, 18/ Mark 13:24-32 THEME: PREPARE FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Grand events are normally preceded by spectacular opening ceremonies.  Just recall the spectacular opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The second coming of Jesus, unlike his first humble coming, will be the…

Good Samaritan

Love of God and Neighbour

READINGS: Dt. 6: 2-6 / Heb. 7:23-28/ Mark 12: 23-28 Theme: Love of God and Neighbour 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Today, when we cherish portable devices for the sake of convenience and effective utility, we should be able to appreciate today’s message:  Jesus says that all the commandments are reduced to the one commandment…

Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus" by Johann Heinrich Stöver, 1861. Erbach, Rheingau, Hesse, Germany

Bartimaeus

GOSPEL: Mark 10:46-52 Theme: Bartimaeus 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s gospel narrates the story of the healing of the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, by Jesus Christ. The name ‘Bar-timaeus’ (son of Timaeus) was like the surname of the blind beggar. The name could have several meanings: ‘son of honour’, ‘son of integrity’ and ‘son of…

Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles

Seek First Service, Not Honour

READINGS: Isaiah 53:10-11 / Heb. 4:14-16 / Mark 10:35-45 Theme: Seek First Service, Not Honour 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Beloved, because of a research programme I am pursuing at the University of Ghana, I have been granted a sabbatical year for my studies. Actually, I have not been preaching since my last homily on…

King Solomon

Beyond Wealth and Health

READINGS: Wis. 7:7-11 / Heb. 4:12-13 / Mark 10:17-30 Theme: Beyond Wealth and Health 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time When God asked the young King Solomon what he wanted, the king asked for WISDOM. And because this request pleased the Lord God, He blessed the king with not only WISDOM, but WEALTH, HEALTH, POWER and…