Good Samaritan

Love of God and Neighbour

READINGS: Dt. 6: 2-6 / Heb. 7:23-28/ Mark 12: 23-28 Theme: Love of God and Neighbour 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Today, when we cherish portable devices for the sake of convenience and effective utility, we should be able to appreciate today’s message:  Jesus says that all the commandments are reduced to the one commandment…

Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus" by Johann Heinrich Stöver, 1861. Erbach, Rheingau, Hesse, Germany

Bartimaeus

GOSPEL: Mark 10:46-52 Theme: Bartimaeus 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s gospel narrates the story of the healing of the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, by Jesus Christ. The name ‘Bar-timaeus’ (son of Timaeus) was like the surname of the blind beggar. The name could have several meanings: ‘son of honour’, ‘son of integrity’ and ‘son of…

Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles

Seek First Service, Not Honour

READINGS: Isaiah 53:10-11 / Heb. 4:14-16 / Mark 10:35-45 Theme: Seek First Service, Not Honour 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Beloved, because of a research programme I am pursuing at the University of Ghana, I have been granted a sabbatical year for my studies. Actually, I have not been preaching since my last homily on…

King Solomon

Beyond Wealth and Health

READINGS: Wis. 7:7-11 / Heb. 4:12-13 / Mark 10:17-30 Theme: Beyond Wealth and Health 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time When God asked the young King Solomon what he wanted, the king asked for WISDOM. And because this request pleased the Lord God, He blessed the king with not only WISDOM, but WEALTH, HEALTH, POWER and…

What God Has Joined Together

READINGS: Genesis 2:18-24/ Hebrews 2:9-11/ Mark 10:2-16 Theme: What God Has Joined Together . . . 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Beloved, the first and gospel readings are usually heard at weddings.  Though we are not at a wedding today, the message of the Lord may be for some of you a pre-marital counseling and…

The body of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica.

Death – The End?

  Readings: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 / James 3:16-4:3 / Mark 9:30-37 Theme: Death – The End? 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Normally no one would like to lose a dear one especially when the latter is in the prime of his/her life.  Similarly nobody would like to lose a beloved leader.  It was, therefore, no…

Migrant Mother, taken by Dorothea Lange in 1936

The Suffering of the Christian

Theme: The Suffering of the Christian Readings: Isaiah 50:5-9 / James 2:14-18 / Mark 8:27-35 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Christians, like all other human beings, suffer or experience challenges and problems in life. Some, for instance, lose their jobs or businesses; others have problems in their marriages. Furthermore, we sometimes get sick, and some…

Oscar Pistorius

Physically or Spiritually Challenged?

Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7/ James 2:1-5/ Mark 7:31-37 Theme: Physically or Spiritually Challenged? 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time The paralympic games in London will end today.  At the games, some of those [permit me to say] we ignorantly used to call ‘disabled’ are performing wonders.  Even, the term ‘physically challenged’ is still less appropriate to describe…