Tuesday 17th November – Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Reflection: Luke 19:1-10


One of the first things we were taught in Secondary school Economics was the importance of having a scale of preference so that our insatiable human needs can be attended to in order of priority. This economic principle applies to every area of our lives. As young people, we desire greatness and hope to attain great popularity in our various endeavours. Such ambition is good in itself yet, there is more to life than just having ambition of what we would like to become in the future. The important question we must ask ourselves is: “what is it that matters most?”

Today’s gospel reading points out to us that the presence of Jesus in our lives matters most. Zacchaeus was a very rich man, but having encountered Jesus he saw another meaning to life. He realised that there was more to live for than becoming a “successful professional”. Jesus gave him the most precious gift of all time which is the salvation of his soul. It is this same salvation that Eleazar, in today’s first reading looked forward to and refused to profane himself even in the face of death (2 Macc 6:18-31).

It is possible for one to be very successful in the eyes of men, but a failure in the sight of God. Zacchaeus’ encounter with our Lord today challenges us to seek for that which will fulfil our ultimate purpose in life – to know, love and serve God and to be with Him forever in the next world. Christ is the way, the truth and the life (Jn 14:6). When we come to know Christ personally, our everyday work, encounters with others, profession, businesses etc will take on a new perspective. They will all become avenues to please our Lord.

PRAYER: Thank you great Father for the gift of your Son Jesus to me today. May I ever live in the consciousness of His abiding presence all the days of my life. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1693: “Christ Jesus always did what was pleasing to the Father, and always lived in perfect communion with him. Likewise Christ’s disciples are invited to live in the sight of the Father ‘who sees in secret’, in order to become perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

HIDE A TREASURE: “For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.” Phil 1:21 GNB

Today’s Readings: 2Macc 6:18-31; Ps 3:2-7; Lk 19:1-10



Monday 17th March- Feast of Saint Patrick, 2nd Patron of Nigeria

Reflection: Luke 5: 1-11


As children of God, we all need regular encounters with the master. Apostle Paul had an encounter and his life never remained the same. Today, Simon Peter and his partners the sons of Zebedee had encounter with the master, Jesus Christ. Their lives were transformed, thier vision enlightened and impossibility became possible.

When we meet with Christ, we realize how sinful we are and with all humility confess our sins. A Christian who does not have a regular encounter with the master walks without direction and has a high tendency of missing the right path.

A single experience with Jesus turns our lives around for the best but submission and obedience to the master is necessary.

PRAYER: Father Lord, I want to have a divine experience with you. Make this possible in your holy name so that I will have testimonies. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 361 – What does it mean for a Christian to be baptized with a particular name?

“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, the person is baptized with a name. The name and the face are ultimately what make a person unique, even in God’s sight. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).

HIDE A TREASURE: “Above everything, love one another earnestly, because love covers over many sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 GNB

Readings for today: 1 Peter 4:7-11; Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10; Luke 5: 1-11