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

LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!

THEME: LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT! READINGS: Acts 10:25–26, 34–35, 44–48 / 1 John 4:7–10/ John 15: 9–17 6th Sunday of Easter Coming Thursday will be the solemn feast of the Ascension of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.  On that solemn day, our Lord assured the Apostles of the empowerment by the Holy Spirit (Acts…

REMAIN CONNECTED TO JESUS

THEME: REMAIN CONNECTED TO JESUS READINGS: Acts 9: 26 – 31/ 1 John 3:18 – 24/ John 15:1 – 8 5th Sunday of Easter In today’s gospel reading (John 15:1-8), Jesus uses the imagery of the vine and its branches to teach us that without him we can do nothing. On the other hand, if we…

JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED!

THEME: JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED! READINGS: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19/ 1 John 2:1-5 / Luke 24:35-48 3rd Sunday of Easter The Gospels narrate several events after the resurrection of Jesus Christ with two main interrelated reasons: (a) to affirm that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead indeed; (b) so that we may believe in…

DIVINE MERCY

THEME: DIVINE MERCY READINGS: Acts 4:32-35/ 1 John 5:1-7/ John 20:19-31 2nd Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy) Mercy is ‘a kind or forgiving attitude towards somebody that you have the power to harm or right to punish’ (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary). Divine Mercy is, therefore, God’s kind or forgiving attitude towards us…

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST

THEME: THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST READINGS: Acts 10:34, 37-43/ Colossians 3:1-4/ John 20:1-9 Easter Sunday Many countries across the world experienced the spectacular phenomenon of the eclipse of the sun on 29th March, 2006. There was complete darkness for about three minutes then the superiority of the light of the sun showed up again. This…

A GOOD FRIDAY MEDITATION

A GOOD FRIDAY MEDITATION The veneration of the cross of Jesus Christ reminds me of a Good Friday story.  For the veneration of the cross in his parish, a priest provided a coffin in place of the cross.  He had a large mirror fixed in the coffin.  As parishioners filed passed and peeped inside the…

WAVE YOUR CHRISTIAN VICTORY FLAG

THEME: WAVE YOUR CHRISTIAN VICTORY FLAG READINGS: Isaiah 50:4-7/ Philippians 2: 6-11/ Mark 14:1-15:47 Palm Sunday While we wave our national flag when our national (football) team wins a championship, the Jews of the biblical times waved palm branches to celebrate their victories. For example, around 170BC, the Maccabees led some fellow Jews to defeat…

Unless a Grain of Wheat Dies

Theme: Unless a Grain of Wheat Dies READINGS: Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:7-9, John 12:20-33 5th Sunday of Lent In the first reading, the prophet Jeremiah announced God’s promise of a new covenant to his people (Jer. 31:31-34).  Whereas the old covenant was sealed with the blood of animals, the new covenant was to be sealed…

Spiritual Vaccination

Theme: Spiritual Vaccination Readings: 2 Chron. 36:14-16, 19-23 / Ephesians 2:4-10/ John 3:14-21 4th Sunday of Lent Praise the Lord!  Now and forever! Today is the fourth Sunday of Lent and the theme for this homily is “Spiritual Vaccination”. The use of vaccines has helped us a lot. Most of us, since childhood, have been…

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…