The Resurrection of Christ – Key to our Faith

The Resurrection

Theme: The Resurrection of Christ – Key to our Faith READINGS: Acts 10:34, 37-43/ Ps. 118/ Col. 3:1-4/ John 20:1-9 Easter Sunday The response to today’s Psalm is ‘THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE, LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT’ (Ps. 118:24).  Why are we rejoicing today? Because Christ is risen […]

THE CRUCIFIXION: SPIRITUAL VACCINATION

Passion of Christ

THEME:THE CRUCIFIXION: SPIRITUAL VACCINATION GOOD FRIDAY MEDITATION In view of the Good Friday-Easter celebrations, a journalist confronted me with the question: ‘What would you say to those who think that the death of Jesus Christ was not necessary?’ Beloved this question is similar to what St. Paul was confronted with about 2000 years ago: the […]

WAVE YOUR CHRISTIAN VICTORY FLAG

The Entry Of Christ Into Jerusalem

THEME: WAVE YOUR CHRISTIAN VICTORY FLAG READINGS: Isaiah 50:4-7/ Phil. 2: 6-11/ Matthew 26:14-27:66. Palm Sunday While we would wave our national flag if our national [football] team wins a championship, the Jews of the bible times would wave palm branches to celebrate their victories. For example, around 170BC, the Maccabees led some fellow Jews […]

JESUS, OUR RESURRECTION AND LIFE

The Raising Of Lazarus

READINGS: Ezekiel 37:12-14 / Romans 8:8-11 / John 11: 1-45 THEME: JESUS, OUR RESURRECTION AND LIFE 5th Sunday of Lent Beloved in Christ, we understood from last Sunday’s gospel reading that by giving sight to the man born blind, our Lord meant to teach us that He is the light of the world (Jn. 9:5). […]

Jesus, The Light of the world

Jesus is the Light of the world

THEME: JESUS, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD READINGS: 1 Sam. 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 / Eph. 5:8-14 / John 9:1-41 4th SUNDAY OF LENT INTRODUCTION In the Gospel according to St. John, the miracles of Jesus are presented as signs intended to lead His audience to understand certain deeper truths of salvation. For example, Jesus multiplied […]

Lent – Confession

confession

LENT: PRAYER, FASTING, ALMSGIVING AND CONFESSION CONFESSION Let us now elaborate further on our spiritual “road worthiness”, namely, the confession of our sins. As usual, we are considering the threefold questions: What is confession? How not to confess? How to confess? WHAT IS CONFESSION?   St. John writes: “My dear children, I write this to […]

The Living Water

The Living Water

THEME: THE LIVING WATER READINGS: Exodus 17:3-7 / Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 / John 4: 5-42 3rd Sunday of Lent Water sustains life.  Hence the slogan, “water is life”.  One could, therefore, understand the desperation of the multitudes of Israelites who were thirsty but could find no water in the desert.  God, however, had an already-made […]

Lent – Almsgiving

homeless

LENT: PRAYER, FASTING, ALMSGIVING AND CONFESSION ALMSGIVING The link between fasting and almsgiving is evident in Isa. 58:6-9 cited above: the extra savings of food, etc. made from the self-denial of fasting should be used to help the needy.  Let us now consider almsgiving, our spiritual insurance, by answering the following questions: What is almsgiving? […]

THE BIGGER THE SACRIFICE, THE GREATER THE MIRACLE

Cross is the only way

THEME: THE BIGGER THE SACRIFICE, THE GREATER THE MIRACLE READINGS: Genesis 12:1-4/ 2 Tim. 1:8-10/ Matthew 17:1-9 2nd Sunday of Lent Some Business-men and -women say that “the bigger the risk, the higher the returns” (on the investment).  For instance, if one saves his/her GH¢ 1,000.00 in a risk free savings account in a bank […]

Lent – Fasting

Out of the Wilderness

LENT: PRAYER, FASTING, ALMSGIVING AND CONFESSION FASTING  Let us now consider fasting, our spiritual servicing/maintenance, by answering the following questions: What is fasting? How not to fast? How to fast? WHAT IS FASTING?  Fasting is a kind of abstinence.  And abstinence is a voluntary self-denial of food, drinks, and other forms of legitimate pleasure (cf. […]

Homilies of Very Rev. Fr. John Louis © 2013