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

THE CHURCH AS GOD’S TEMPLE

THEME: THE CHURCH AS GOD’S TEMPLE Readings: Exodus 20:1-17/ 1 Corinthians 1:22-25/ John 2:13-25 3rd Sunday of Lent In the gospel reading, Jesus cleansed the Temple of Jerusalem and thereafter referred to his body as the Temple (John 2:13-25).  St. Paul, in turn, makes us understand that we are also the Temple of God by…

JESUS, THE NEW ISAAC

THEME:  JESUS, THE NEW ISAAC READINGS: Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13/ Romans 8:31-34/ Mark 9:2-10 2nd Sunday of Lent Today, let us reflect on Jesus, as the New Isaac, whom the Father offered on Mount Calvary. Let us begin by considering the backgrounds of today’s readings: FIRST READING: Genesis 22: Gold, when tested in fire shows its…

LENT – A SEASON OF RENEWAL

THEME:  LENT – A SEASON OF RENEWAL READINGS: Genesis 9:8-15/ 1 Peter 3:18-22 / Mark 1:12-15 1st Sunday of Lent Beloved in Christ, the season of Lent could be likened to the season of spring in which trees, grasses and flowers that were literally dead in the winter season receive a new lease of life. …

SPIRITUAL LEPROSY CAN BE CURED

THEME: SPIRITUAL LEPROSY CAN BE CURED READINGS: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46/ 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1/ Mark 1:40-45 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Leprosy needs to be diagnosed early and measures taken to prevent its spreading in the community (cf. first reading).  We may not be lepers, judging by our physical health and appearance, but we may be…

MORE THAN A PROPHET

THEME:  MORE THAN A PROPHET READINGS: Deuteronomy 18:15-20/ 1 Corinthians 7:32-35/ Mark 1:21-28 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Book of Deuteronomy describes a prophet: He is taken from among humans; He listens to God’s word; He proclaims God’s word to his people; and What he says comes to pass (Deut. 18:17-20). In the light…

GOD’S CALL

THEME: GOD’S CALL READINGS: 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19/ 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20/ John 1:35-42 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time The message of the day is about God’s call. Often we limit God’s calling to vocations to the priesthood and religious life. In that case, some of us switch off even before the homily begins. Beloved,…

MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

THEME: MARY, MOTHER OF GOD READINGS: Numbers 6:22-27 / Galatians 4:4-7/ Luke 2:16-21 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God The Jews had the custom of naming a child a week after his/her birth (cf. Luke 1:59). In this respect, the First of January (a week after Christmas) marks the naming of…

BEATITUDES OF FAMILY LIFE

THEME: BEATITUDES OF FAMILY LIFE READINGS: Genesis 15:1-6; 17:3-5, 15-16; 21:1-7/Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19/ Luke 2:22-40 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Today the Church celebrates the solemn feast of the Holy Family of the child Jesus, Mother Mary and Blessed Joseph. The Holy Family is a model for all families. From their…

THE SAVIOUR’S BIRTH

THEME:  THE SAVIOUR’S BIRTH READINGS: Isaiah 52:7-10/ Hebrews 1:1-6/ John 1:1-18 Christmas Day Some early Christians in the ancient city of Rome missed the point about the joy of their citizenship of the kingdom of heaven. For them it was a matter of eating and drinking. To correct this wrong notion, St. Paul wrote to…