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

DYING, CHRIST DESTROYED OUR DEATH

THEME: DYING, CHRIST DESTROYED OUR DEATH READINGS: Jeremiah 20:7-9/ Romans 12:1-2/ Matthew 16:21-27 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time The recent (2014) scourge of the deadly Ebola virus caused a lot of scare in the world, especially, in West Africa. Thousands of people were infected, half of whom succumbed to death. In the face of such…

GOD DESIRES TO SAVE ALL

THEME: GOD DESIRES TO SAVE ALL READINGS: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 / Romans 11:13-15, 29-32/ Matthew 15:21-28 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time There are so many religions in the world; and even within Christianity, the number of denominations seem to increase every week. Unfortunately, associated with this phenomenon, are conflicts between adherents of different religions or…

BREAD OF LIFE

THEME: BREAD OF LIFE READINGS: Isaiah 55:1-3 / Romans 8:33, 37-39/ Matthew 14:13-21 18 Sunday In Ordinary Time The messages of last two Sundays were about the kingdom of heaven. Today’s message, in turn, draws our attention to the King of the kingdom – namely, Jesus Christ. We are reminded that He is the Bread…

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

THEME: THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN READINGS: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 /Romans 8:26-27 /Matthew 13:24-43 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Beloved, what will be your answer to the question: ‘Why are you in the church today?’ You may probably answer: ‘I am here to worship my Lord and my God’. If you are here to worship God,…

RECEIVING THE WORD OF GOD

THEME: RECEIVING THE WORD OF GOD READINGS: Isaiah 55:10-11 / Romans 8:18-23/ Matthew 13:1-23 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Word of God, according to the first reading, comes down like rainfall for a purpose (Isaiah 55:10-11). With this imagery of rainfall, the message of Jesus Christ in the gospel reading can be re-presented as…

HUMILITY

THEME: HUMILITY READINGS: Zechariah 9:9-10 / Romans 8:9, 11-13 / Matthew 11:25-30 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time In today’s gospel reading, the Lord exhorts us to be as humble as himself: ‘learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart’ (Matt. 11:29). Pride is the opposite of humility. The proud person boasts of…

RECEIVING A PROPHET’S REWARD

THEME: RECEIVING A PROPHET’S REWARD READINGS: 2 Kings 4:8-11,14-16 / Romans 6:3-4,8-11 / Matthew 10:37-42 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Often in the newspapers, one finds stories on or congratulatory messages to various personalities who have received various awards. Among these awards is the award of honorary doctoral degrees. In this latter case, recipients of…