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

VICTORY OVER PERSECUTION

THEME: VICTORY OVER PERSECUTION READINGS: Jeremiah 20:10-13 / Romans 5:12-15 / Matthew 10:26-33 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Persecution means the cruel or unfair treatment that someone undergoes because of his/her religion, race or political stands. It could also mean deliberately annoying someone all the time and making his/her life unpleasant. The prophet Jeremiah experienced…

THE REAL PRESENCE OF JESUS CHRIST

THEME: THE REAL PRESENCE OF JESUS CHRIST READINGS: Deut. 8:2-3, 14-16/ 1 Cor. 10:16-17/ John 6:51-58 Solemnity of Corpus Christi INTRODUCTION On every Holy Thursday, we celebrate the institution of the Holy Eucharist (Lord’s Supper). However, the mood of the commemoration of our Lord’s suffering and death during the Holy Week seems to take away…

ONE GOD, THREE PERSONS

THEME: ONE GOD, THREE PERSONS READINGS: Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9/ 2 Cor. 13:11-13/ John 3:16-18 Solemnity of Holy Trinity BBC has an advert which runs like this: ‘The world is a big place and your radio is small, only BBC can put the world in your radio.’ Similarly, one could say that ‘God is big and…

PENTECOST

THEME: PENTECOST READINGS: Acts 2:1-11 / 1 Cor. 12:3-7, 12-13 / John 20:19-23 Solemnity of Pentecost In our time, global sporting events (e.g. World Cup, Olympic games) are inaugurated with opening ceremonies during which there are spectacular displays which blend national culture with modern technology, including fireworks. These ceremonies draw the attention of the world…

ETERNAL LIFE ASSURANCE

THEME: ETERNAL LIFE ASSURANCE READINGS: Acts 1:12-14 / 1 Peter 4:13-16/ John 17: 1-11 7th Sunday of Easter INTRODUCTION Beloved, Jesus did not bequeath to us any material inheritance (e.g. land, house, car), for it could be stolen, misused, destroyed or litigated. Rather, He has bequeathed eternal life, an everlasting happy life in heaven, as…

THE PROMISED PARACLETE

THEME: THE PROMISED PARACLETE READINGS: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17/ 1 Peter 3:15-18/ John 14: 15-21 6th Sunday of Easter It is a common practice in Ghana (and elsewhere) for parents travelling for a while to leave their children in the care of latter’s grandparents, uncles, aunties, older cousins, etc. Similarly Jesus, about to leave His disciples,…

GREAT FLOCK, FEW SHEPHERDS

THEME: GREAT FLOCK, FEW SHEPHERDS READINGS: Acts 2:14, 36-41/ 1 Peter 2:20-25/ John 10:1-10 4th Sunday of Easter An ‘appeal’ our Lord Jesus Christ made about 2,000 years ago is still valid: ‘the harvest is rich, but the labourers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send more labourers into his harvest”…

DIVINE MERCY

THEME: DIVINE MERCY READINGS: Acts 2:42-47/ 1 Peter 1:3-9/ John 20:19-31 2nd Sunday of Easter ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead’ (1 Peter 1:3, second reading).…

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…