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

KEEP WATCHING UNTIL THE LORD RETURNS

THEME: KEEP WATCHING UNTIL THE LORD RETURNS READINGS: Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1, 3-8 / 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 / Mark 13:33-37 1st Sunday of Advent Today, the first Sunday of Advent, begins the liturgical year of the Church. The word ‘advent’ means arrival or coming. The Season of Advent, which consists of four Sundays, is the pre-Christmas…

ACCOUNTABILITY

THEME: ACCOUNTABILITY READINGS: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 / 1 Thess. 5:1-6/ Matthew 25:14-30 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time In everyday language, we often limit talents to natural gifts and skills. The use of talents in today’s gospel reading, however, means more than natural gifts and skills. At the time Jesus Christ told this parable, a…

PRACTISE WHAT YOU PREACH

THEME: PRACTISE WHAT YOU PREACH READINGS: Malachi 1:14-2:2,8-10/ 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9,13/ Matthew 23:1-12 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time The readings of this Sunday draw the attention of preachers (including myself) of the Word to do an introspection. In the first of the three readings, the Lord cautioned priests about the consequence of not listening to…

LOVE OF GOD AND NEIGHBOUR

THEME: LOVE OF GOD AND NEIGHBOUR READINGS: Exodus 22:20-26 / 1 Thess. 1:5-10 / Matthew 22:34-40 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time We heard from last Sunday’s gospel reading that we should ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s’. In harmony with this admonition, the Lord Jesus Christ commands us to…

TO GOD AND CAESAR

THEME: TO GOD AND CAESAR READINGS: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 / 1 Thess. 1:1-5 / Matthew 22:15-21 29th Sunday In Ordinary Time ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s’ (Matt. 22:21). This is the very intelligent answer which Jesus gave to the coalition of Pharisees and Herodians who were attempting to…

DRESSING UP FOR HEAVEN

THEME: DRESSING UP FOR HEAVEN READINGS: Isaiah 25:6-10/ Phil. 4:12-14, 19-20 / Matthew 22:1-14 28th Sunday In Ordinary Time In the parable of today’s gospel reading, though the invitation to the wedding was opened to all, the man who went to the feast without a wedding garment was thrown out. Similarly though God’s invitation to…

THE VINEYARD OF THE LORD

THEME: THE VINEYARD OF THE LORD READINGS: Isaiah 5:1-7 / Psalm 80 / Philippians 4:6-9 / Matthew 21:33-43 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time ‘The vineyard of the Lord is the House of Israel’ (Response to the Psalm). So important is the vine to Israel that King David made it the subject of one of his…

SECOND CHANCE

THEME: SECOND CHANCE READINGS: Ezekiel 18:25-28 / Philippians 2:1-11 / Matthew 21:28-32 26th Sunday In Ordinary Time INTRODUCTION Today I have entitled the message, ‘Second Chance’. I guess some people are immediately thinking of the movie series entitled ‘Second Chance’. But that is not the reason for choosing this title, for I cannot even mention…

ONE REWARD – HEAVEN

THEME: ONE REWARD – HEAVEN READINGS: Isaiah 55:6-9 / Philippians 1:20, 27 / Matthew 20:1-16 25th Sunday In Ordinary Time Most of the public buses in Ghana do not depart from the stations according to fixed schedules. Rather, they depart anytime they are filled to capacity. However, a passenger cannot say that because he/she boarded…