Daily Reflections from Linus

Journeying with Christ

December 5, 2020

Isa.30:19-21.23-26, Mtt.9:35-10:1.5.6-8             


Despite our unfaithfulness, God is always faithful. He never abandons His flock no mater their weaknesses and failings. This theme is depicted in the two readings of today. God is ever compassionate, so merciful and not cherishing anger forever. His promises is everywhere around us, though we may not see or believe it because we are still enveloped in sin. Labourers are needed for the work of God, to spread His love and compassion to all.

Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart. Let us in faith and in obedience to God’s call, step out to heal, to forgive, to raise the downtrodden, to free the captives and give hope to the hopeless. Let us bear in mind that the will and power comes from above. That we received without charge, we are demanded to give without charge. As we do this, may our darkness turn to light, may disappointment turn to appointment, may our sorrows turn to joy, and may we never be a victim. Instead we shall be victorious both now and forever in the Holy, powerful and Mighty name of JESUS. Amen.

Let us pray 

Numbers 14:28 says, “So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say.” Job 22:28 says, “You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.” With faith in His name, issue decree in accordance with His will concerning those conditions of disgrace in your life, let them be replaced by divine grace in the name of Jesus our Lord

 *Happy Morning Digest 🍵 @ Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

December 4, 2020

Isaiah 29: 17-24, Mathew 9:27-31


Much despair grows everyday in our neighborhood. This may emerge from lack, fear, defeat among other things. But our lives in the 21st century need hope to be sustained and the Prophet Isaiah in the First reading of today (Is. 29:17-24) offers us that hope which materializes when the Lord comes.

*However, hope needs power to be activated and sustained till the actualization of what is hoped for. This activation power of hope is Faith and that is the fundamental condition for hope not to be denied in hopelessness.*

Jesus required this activation power (faith) from the two blind men he healed in the Gospel Pericope of today (cf. Mtt 9:27-31) before the miracle of restoration of their sight could happen.

Dearest friend, let us not lose our activation power on the altar of despair. It is time to pick up our shattered hope and begin to hope again for a better tomorrow, the coming of the Lord by doing the right work today with faith.

*Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

December 3, 2020

Isaiah 26:1-6, Matthew 7:21.24-27   


The essence of spreading the Gospel of Christ is to bring the renewal in the lives of men and women of the society, so they can live out in their lives the precepts of Christ, given long ago by God. This practical reason informs the words of Christ in the Gospel Pericope of today (Matthew 7:21,24-27) that not those who profess the Lord’s name shall enter the kingdom of God but those who practice what the Lord requires. 

We are blessed to be among those chosen by the Lord, right from our Christian initiation and Profession. We live in the height, that strong and lofty city which God is it’s Everlasting strong hold (cf. First reading Isaiah 26: 1-6). It is not enough to profess but moreso to practice what we profess, lest we be thrown down.

This season of Advent is a golden opportunity for us to practice better, the Lord’s requirements which include mercy and Charity among others. Let us reach out more to the poor and share our goods with the needy.

**Let Us Pray**

God of justice and mercy, open our eyes to see you in the face of the poor. Open our ears to hear you in the cries of the exploited. Open our mouths to defend you in the public squares as well as in private deeds. Remind us that what we do to the least ones, we do to you. In the name of Jesus – Amen.

*Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

December 2, 2020

Isa.25:6-10,   Mtt.15:29-37


Our God is so caring and compassionate towards His people. We are most often the very opposite of our father God. God is generous but we are stingy, He cares but we don’t care. We may have helped or cared before, let us continue, let us not give up. Since God never gets tired of blessing us. He keeps giving us life and health free of charge without getting tired, why must we get tired in helping people?

Today after Jesus finished healing the sick, restoring sight to blind, healing the crippled He still felt for them, He still realized that they never ate anything for days. It touches His heart, though they have gotten healing they still need nourishment too, less they faint on the road. Jesus showed them compassion, and provided for their needs, He fed them.

What matters is our intention while helping people, do we help people because their condition really touch us? We really feel their pains? Or just for people to see us and clap for us?  🤦‍♂️

Jesus is telling us today to follow His steps. Christmas is approaching, some of us don’t even have hope of eating yam and oil that day, you that have let us try and Share with those we are better than, even visiting those we know that society have forgotten let us remember them, those poor in our villages.

Through us may the Lord prepare a rich banquet for them so that the Lord Himself will prepare a banquet for us. He will bless us, whether those we do good to remember us or not. The Lord Himself will prepare a great banquet for us and wipe away the tears in our eyes. Just think of how the banquet that the Lord will prepare for us will look like.

We pray for the grace to do good no matter what it will cost us through Christ our Lord Amen

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

December 1, 2020

Isa.11:1-10,   Lk.10:21-24


Isaiah reminds us again today about the coming of the Lord, *a shoot shall spring from the stock of Jesse.* He enumerated the blessings that those who acknowledged Him as their king will enjoy; Lion and lamb will lie together and eat together. This is how it will be when we welcome Jesus in our heart, we will have rest of mind, no more fear or anxieties.

The word of God is calling us for proper preparation. When Christ becomes the Lord of our life there will be no more bitterness, criticism, jealousy and slandering. We will behave like His subjects and peace will be our portion. That is why Jesus gives praise to His father for revealing these things to the poor, for allowing us to know that welcoming Christ as a Child in our hearts will make things better for us.

If Peace is what we can purchase with money, you and I may not be able to afford it.  Peace is a gratuitous gift of God; money cannot buy it. If you think that you can have peace of mind based on your financial strength, I bet you, you are heading to frustration. Why? You did not welcome Jesus in your heart.

Jesus is our prince of peace, we may not understand it fully until we taste and see that the Lord is good. Since we say that we belong to Jesus let us prepare our heart and make it clean for Him to come and dine with us, so that we can have peace of mind and free from the powers of evil one through Christ our Lord.

May the Messianic era prophesied in Isaiah 11:1-10, envelope in our Christian era by the proper incarnation and indwelling of the Gospel discipline within us.

May peace and tranquility, order and discipline, protection and provision be our lot this season, so that blessed indeed shall our eyes be for beholding the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Amen.

Happy New month.

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 30, 2020

Rm.10:9-18,  Mtt.4:18-22


Responding to the call of God with all our our heart without delay is for all of us. Today we see how Jesus called Peter and his brother Andrew and they left whatever they were doing and followed Him without delay. He called them while they were in their office, the sea, because they were fishermen.

Sometimes it is hard for us to answer God’s calls like that. Our offices maybe our bad habit, or where we are doing something against our neighbor. Jesus is calling us today, to leave our sinful ways, our gossip, our sexual irresponsibilities, theft and every other vice and follow Him so that He can make us His disciples.

Sometimes we answer God’s calls but for a short while we go back to our office of sin. We see how these disciples left everything and followed Christ. Christ needs people He can send to go out and preach the good news. As the first reading tells us, if we refuse to answer the call, who will preach the good news to the brethren who are still living in sin? That is why it is necessary that we should answer God’s call so that we can help in spreading the gospel. Andrew answered His call well. That is why we are remembering him today. We pray for the grace to answer our calls without looking back, through Christ our Lord Amen

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 28, 2020

Rev.22:1-7,   Lk.21:34-36


The first reading of today paints for us a picture of a beautiful garden, a beautiful city with fruit laden tree whose leaves is also medicinal. I believe that all of us will want to be in that city, where the glory of God shines day and night. For the meantime, we are still in this cruel world where money and material wealth are being enthroned and worshipped, sadly, even by us Christians.

Most of us remember God only when they meet difficulties, when they are in a sad situation, and once they are out of it they forget God. Some treat others as nobodies, oppressing the weak and maltreating the orphans and widows. In the midst of all these happenings, a true child of God will not fail to cry ”Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”

May God come to renew our lives and world through Christ our Lord. Amen  *Good Morning of a Favoured Weekend Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 26, 2020

Rev.18:1-2.21-23;19:1-3.9,  Lk.21:20-28.


It is always a thing of Joy for us Christians and indeed for everyone when our enemies or oppressors are brought low and defeated. Such was the case of the saints in the first reading. Babylon, which signifies immorality, sin, and oppression was thrown down.

Now what a joy to know and strongly believe in Christ love for us, in Christ redeeming power in our lives. How glorious to know that we are  cleansed with a spotless blood of the innocent lamb, Christ Himself.

Many of us take all these favours for granted. If we really know what a sacrifice, what a price Christ paid for us, even here we will be singing a song of Joy; Hallelujah will ever be on our lips. If we know all this and strongly believe in it, no matter the difficulties, no matter the shout of wars, killings, persecutions, we will hold our heads high. Why? Because our salvation is assured, to God be the glory forever and ever. Amen

 *Good Morning from  Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 25, 2020

Rev.15:1-4,   LK.21:12-19


To be a true follower of Christ is not easy, surely there will be persecution, all kinds of ill treatment, even to the point of dragging you to court, to taking your life.

Jesus is giving us expo today so that when it starts to happen we should not be discouraged, don’t be surprised if your fellow brothers/sisters in the church begin to hate you because you are saying the truth. They will try to lure you to their evil ways and refusal is not going to be easy. But Jesus is telling us not to be discouraged, it is a sign that you are on the right track.

We should not expect everybody to like or love us because we are Christians. The people that John saw singing the song of Moses after they fought with the beast and won the battle are those endured to the end.

When we are passing through those hard times let us be aware that we are fighting with the beast, and we can only win when we stand firm in God and with God. By constant prayer and holiness of life, we pray for the grace to stand firm so that by the special grace of God we will be named among the saints through Christ our Lord Amen

 *Good Morning from  Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 24, 2020

Revelation 14:14-19) (Luke 21: 5-11)


The readings of today talk about the end time. It is because we are approaching the end of the liturgical year. This reminds us that we are pilgrims on earth. Our true home is heaven. So we have to be prepared and not frightened.

There are many who predict the end time in our world today. Some even go as far as to say that they are the Christ. History has proved them wrong.

Jesus said that there would be wars, calamities, and cosmic signs but they are not meant to make us gullible in believing fake men and women of God who would use the opportunity to confuse us and deprive us of our valuables. We are expected to be alert in faith and good works, doing the will of God.

*from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 22, 2020

Ezek.34:11-12.15-17,  1Cor.15:20-26.28,  Mat.25:31-46.


Today in Nigeria we celebrate the kingship of Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the King of the whole universe. He is a King who lives forever, King who is kind and compassion, slow to anger and whose other name is LOVE.

It is this love that compelled Him to come down to our world and die for us, His sinful creatures. Same love is inspiring Him in the first reading to make sure He loses none of His sheep, to make sure no sheep is left behind or neglected.

He makes it clear for us in the Gospel reading and the second reading that love is not mere words but ACTIONS; feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, vising the sick and those in prison etc. And doing all for God and in God. Christ died for love, the first Adam that He might bring us to God. He is the king, the leader who leads by example.

Beloved in Christ, let us live love, let us practice love, for love is of God and from God. Let us be our brothers/sisters keeper. Helping as much as we can in Christ. May God be praised both now and forever. Amen

 *Good Sunday Morning of Christ the King of Love. @ Ibekwe chinonso Linus 🙏🏼*

November 20, 2020

Rev.10:8-11,   Lk.19:45-48

The word of God is not always sweet to hear and digest. Sometimes it is hard and difficult. But if we persevere and cooperate with God’s grace, we can accept it.

We always easily forget the words of the Master *carry your cross and follow me.* Yes there is always a cross before a crown and sometimes the cross may seem to be very heavy for us to lift. That is why we must always ask for the grace to follow.

Cross is one of the criteria of following our Christ, and that is why many of us are running away in following the footsteps of Christ. The grace is there already and He is willing to give us more, but we must be determined and ready. That is why He told John in the first reading to chew the scroll. It was sweet in his mouth but sour in the stomach.

Sometimes when we are told of the blessings in serving the Lord, we rejoice but decline once there is a cross. The cross we meet is the sourness in the stomach.

So if you are already  on the line and it seems to you that things are hard for you, your friends are rejecting you, even family members, please dearest one don’t give up. Keep on asking God to be with you, even if they are making a mockery of you, even calling you names – that is the cross. Don’t give up; they must surely come back to you. It is a training that you are going through. Even if they are saying that you are not genuine and within you, you are sure that you are sincere. Don’t worry. You will still overcome; that is the sour part of it.

Even Jesus in the gospel, when He was healing people, they were praising Him. But today, without fear or favour, He drove out those selling in the temple. The leaders are plotting to do away with Him. Did He gave up? No, because He knows that what He is doing is the right thing.

Sometimes when we declare for truth, people will hate us, even planning evil against us. Please stand firm. Don’t give up. It is one of the processes in following Christ.

May the Lord give us the grace to stand firm no matter the challenges in following Him through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 *Good  Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 19, 2020

Rev.5:1-10,  Lk.19:41-44


We have every opportunity to accept the gospel and worship God in Spirit and in Truth now, because we don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Jesus is giving us a message of peace this time and a call for conversion. Jesus shed tears over Jerusalem, because they don’t understand nor accept His message of peace. He cried because He knew that it is only this message that will give them security over the forces of the enemy, but as they didn’t accept it He felt disappointed because without the message having root within them the enemy will crush them in the future.

How about us today? How do we accept the message of Christ? The message we are hearing today will be our security tomorrow, it will be our peace tomorrow, the message will set us free. What is the message? To do good not evil, to believe in Christ with all our hearts, as He is the one who opens the seal of the book in the first reading, the seal that hold us bondage He opened for us, the seal of good health, the seal of progress, let us accept His message so that we may be fully set free and enjoy our peace, may He bless His word in our hearts through Christ our Lord. Amen

 *Good Beautiful Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 15, 2020

Proverbs 31:10-13. 19-20.30-31) (1Thessalonians 5:1-6) (Matthew 25:14-30)

The theme of today readings is industry and accountability.

A hard-working wife is used in the first reading to illustrate the theme. The responsorial psalm echoes the Divine blessing and prosperity that follow the God-fearing who faithfully labour with their hands. The gospel throws light that God apportions every human being with some capital to develop, respecting each person’s ability. While the adventurous trade with their own shares and return profits, and so are abundantly blessed and rewarded , the lazy and disgruntled one is not only timid but rude and insulting , and hence thoroughly punished . The second reading cautions about the day of reckoning that will suddenly erupt , when the majority of people are likely to be wanton and conceited . Christians are called as sons of light and of the day to be awake and persevering in their duties.

May God help us to always be accountable and industrious in anything we do . May our talents be known and shared to people through Christ our Lord. Amen

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 13, 2020

2Jn.1:4-9,    Lk.17:26-37

As we approach the end of both calendar and liturgical year, Christ also is calling our attention to our own individual end. Two will be in bed one taken and the other left, two women will be at the mill one taken another left. Why, why take one and leave the other? The first Reading gives us the answer. Love!! It is only love that will guaranteed our entry in heaven. It is love that will help us to follow Christ without complaining or arguing. It is only love that will help us to lay down our life for Him. In the evening of our lives, we shall be judged on love.

I pray for you as I pray for myself that we may price Christ’s love above every other thing both now and forever. Amen

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 10, 2020

Titus.2:1-8.11-14,  Lk.17:7-10

In the first reading of today, St Paul is giving us what we may call the ” *the code of Christian conduct”* He enumerates how a good Christian should conduct Himself.

As Christ followers, our Character matters. There must be a difference between us and an unbelievers. Christ in the same vein reminds us in the Gospel that in living out our Christian call, we should not be  bent on expecting rewards. Our good works, our good lives, our services should all be for the glory of God. We are mere servants, unworthy of God’s favours although so much loved by Him. Let us appreciate that love by living and serving Him selflessly always, this is my wish this is my prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 7, 2020

Phil.4:10-19,    Lk.16:9-15

 *If you cannot take care of what is not your own, who will give you what is yours.* This saying of Christ holds true in our everyday lives. If you cannot respect others, how can you expect respect from them? If we refuse to be generous, how can we expect generosity from people? If  we cannot forgive, how can we expect forgiveness? So it reiterates the sayings of Christ that whatever we give is what we will receive. Serving two masters will even worsen the matter because it will only divide our attention.

What Christ is calling our attention today is to be faithful even in little things, even in that thing we may say ”it doesn’t concern me” or it doesn’t matter” let us have feeling and compassion for others.

Let us support especially the missionaries. Paul thanked and praise the Philippines for their generous support to him in his missionary work. Even the missionaries too should learn how to manage, not to load it over others.

May God help us in this selfish world to spread His light and bear authentic witness to Him our only Master through Christ our Lord. Amen

 *Good Morning from  Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 6, 2020

Phil.3:17-4:1,   Lk.16:1-8

 *The Children of this world know how to deal with their own kind than the children of light* Our lives as Christian are supposed to be the Gospel people should read even before they read the written copy. But sadly as St Paul says, some of us Christians are living as enemies of the cross. Why? Because most of us Christians are living contradictory lives. We profess Christ yet we don’t want to live like Christ. We don’t want to work or are we ready to beg just like the steward in the Gospel.

The master commending the steward does not mean he praised dishonesty No, it simply implies that if a dishonest steward should gives so much attention to his material gain, what about the Children of light? And so, let us heed the exhortation of St. Paul, let us live for Christ who will transfigure this lowly body of ours into copies of his own glorious body, for in the house of God we all shall be happy for all eternity. Amen

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 4, 2020

Phil.2:12-18,  Lk.14:25-33

Today, our Holy Mother Church remembers Charles Borromeo. He is a canon and civil lawyer; he was from a powerful family too. But all these earthly benefits did not separate him from God. Rather than using them for the glory of God, he used them to win heaven. He fulfilled the Word of Jesus who said …”hate yourself and carry your cross and follow me and you will enter the kingdom of God.”

If we refuse to use everything within us ,our gifts and talents, to work for God what shall we use them for? Paul advises us in the first reading today to emulate him and do as he did. As a proud teacher he is sure of what he taught his followers – not only what he taught them but also his actions. He uses everything he has, even his own blood, to work for God. And so, he encouraged them to do the same.

The same applies to us. Let us know that whatever we are doing, we are doing it for God. Whether people see us or not, God who sees even our secret thought is aware of them. Charles Borromeo who died many years ago is still remembered today, because he worked for God with all his heart and now he is enjoying the Beatification in heaven. We pray for the same grace to work for God with all our hearts through Christ our Lord Amen

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 2, 2020

Wis.3:1-9,  Rm.5:5-11,  Jn.6:37-40

Most often when we talk of God’s love, it sounds like mere talk. Some of us has even grown so used to it that we just say it without proper reflection on it.

St Paul assures us in his letter to Roman that what proves God’s love for us is Christ died for us even while we sinners. But the Gospel takes it a step higher. Not only that Christ died for us sinners BUT He wants us to be saved. He wishes to bring to the father all that He has given Him. This love of Christ for sinners defines the feast we are celebrating today. That all who believe in Christ will not perish forever, Yet, nothing defile will enter the kingdom of heaven, and so the need for purification.

For Catholics, today’s memorial holds importance because, the souls in purgatory need our prayer, hope on our prayer and desire our prayer. God is so merciful and loving, but we should not take that mercy and love for granted. Let us strive for heaven, let us commit our lives in the hands of Christ that He may raise us up on the last day. Remember to pray for the dead. God bless you

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

November 1, 2020

Rev.7:2-4.9-14, 1Jn.3:1-3,  Mtt.5:1-12

All the qualification we need for heaven is well listed in the Gospel of today. Not only that it is listed but also today we have the cloud of witnesses who have lived that blessedness and today is with God in heaven.

The saints by faith conquered kingdom, wrought justice and obtain promises. They are marked with the seal of the lamb, they the multitude impossible to count.

We too are saints in making. We have been called and chosen BUT what we shall be in the future I will say lies in our hands. We shall be like Christ, if we live like Christ, if we imitate Christ. We shall receive the seal if we prove ourselves to be servants of our God.

The saints in glory are waiting for us, they are beckoning us not to grow weary. Let us as their brothers and sisters, the saints in making, harken to their voice and seek their intercession so that where they are now we too may be at last through Christ our Lord. Amen

 *Happy Feast of All Saints. Remain blessed from  Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 31, 2020

Phil.1:18-26,   Lk.14:7-11

Today Christ is teaching us both self discipline and proper etiquette.

Sometimes we like to show up, we like to assume positions of authority and want everyone to bow before us. Most often, all these turn to our own dismay and frustration, and a frustrated and unhappy person cannot glorify God, it is impossible.

As Christians who are following the footsteps of Christ, we should be self abased in all we do. No presumption or presenting ourselves as more important than others, no presuming the place of authority. Even when such is given to us, it was given on trust and its purpose is service NEVER for self glorification *but* Gods glorification.

The desire of St Paul in the first reading should be our utmost desire ”that Christ should be glorified in our body whether by our life or by our death”.

With the psalmist, our souls should be thirsting for God so that at the end of our life He will say to us ”Come up higher my friend” to Him be glory forever and ever. Amen

 *Good Morning from  Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 30, 2020

Phil.1:1-11,   Lk.14:1-6

Nothing gives joy like when you noticed that your work is bearing fruit.

Paul praised the Philippians today because of their progress in spiritual life and faith in the Lord. Even in his chains he still has time to check on them and encourage them, that shows a real fatherly affection. He reminds them of his love and affection for them and how he missed them, and has never stop praying for them.

We are the Philippians of today. How do we progress in our spiritual life? Can those who brought the gospel to us be proud of us? Can we in all honesty say that we are progressing in our faith, that we are following their footsteps? If not, what is the problem? We need to retrace our steps and commit our lives to the grace of God so that He can help us to progress in the spirit.

Let us continue to do good.  Let us not look back in doing what is right just as Jesus did in the Gospel of today. He did not mind the presence of the lawyers or their critics. He was bold in doing what’s right and He expects us to do the same. He always wants us to be happy, let us do good to all and Gods face will shine on us through Christ our Lord Amen

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 26, 2020

Eph.4:32-5:8,  Lk.13:10-17

Jealousy is a very bad disease, it blinds us both spiritually and physically. Such is the case of the synagogue official and us too. He is well aware that what Jesus was good, but instead of giving glory to God, he resorted in twisting everything to confuse the people.

Are we different? Most of us knows how to get and give good things to ourselves, but when it comes to giving to others, dem!!! We remember mortification and sacrifices, we give all kinds of excuses beautiful excuses why we will not help the poor and the helpless.

St Paul is exhorting us in the first reading to live in love, to turn away from immorality. True, we are once darkness, but God in His mercy has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Let us live as Children of light, bearing fruits of kindness, generosity, mercy and love. Praise be to our lord Jesus Christ both now and forever. Amen

 *Happy Morning of a New week from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 25, 2020

Exo.22:21-27,  1Thes.1:5-10,   Mtt.22:34-40

What is the the greatest commandment? For some people in our world today it is having a heavy bank account, for some good health, yet for some others progress in whatever they are doing. All these things are good, perfectly good BUT are they the greatest commandment?

Christ told us in the Gospel of today that the greatest commandment is LOVE. Speaking about that love He adds ”All” in it, meaning that our love should be all-embracing, unconstitutional, untainted.

 This is a true Christian love as we see it in second reading. It is other people who will marvel and speak about our love for each other as Christians, not we bragging and making show of ourselves. The first reading reminds us that that love should extend to strangers as well, to the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta said that a true Christian should love until it hurts. This will show you that love is not easy, but that’s our Christian character. Jesus we are following loved and died for Love and we claim to be His followers, His disciples. 

That’s good but the readings of today is challenging us to live the life of love, the highest commandment. We pray that we be animated by the spirit as to answer fully our upward call in Christ both now and always through Christ our Lord. Amen

 *Happy Sunday Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 24, 2020

Eph.4:7-16,     Lk.13:1-9

Jesus continues to call us to repentance, yes an inward and sincere examination of conscience. It is not for us to go about looking for who is not doing well, who is a sinner or why and reason such befall some people. No! Unless we repent sincerely and honestly, we are no better than those we are criticizing.

Instead of criticism and name calling, let us heed the admonition of St Paul. Let us build the body of Christ, let us help each other until we all realise our common unity in Christ. It is this unity, this oneness, that will help us to bear fruit, fruit that will last.

And this is my prayer for us, that we should bear abundant fruit in Christ both now and always through Christ our Lord. Amen

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 23, 2020

Eph.4:1-6,    Lk.12:54-59

In the first reading of today, Paul in his prison is admonishing the Christians to fight the good fight of faith. He listed the virtues that befits our noble vocation as Christians. Patience, kindness, forbearing one another in love.  It is these virtues when practiced well, will help us to be wise and interpret the signs of our time well.

We are now in a critical condition in our country, no one knows what will happen next. Let us begin now to put our lives in order, let us settle whatever we may have with anyone, but above all, let us settle with God because here in this life we are enjoying His Mercy; there we will experience His justice. May God give us the wisdom to read the hand writing on the wall and courage to act accordingly through Christ our Lord. Amen

 *Good Morning, Stay blessed, Stay safe. Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 22, 2020

Eph.3:2-12,    Lk.12:28-48

Today’s gospel shocks the mind with utter bewilderment concerning the personality of Jesus. Is the Prince of Peace now an entity of confusion and contradiction? No! Fire purifies and Baptism washes anew.

When the truth of the gospel is proclaimed, righteous hearts are at peace but the heart of the wicked is in trouble with divisions, confusion, fire and rancor. Indeed, Jesus has brought everlasting peace and truth!  We do not seek the word of God to comfort us as it is preached. It should  be an arrow shooting on us, our heart, and it always sinks in some heart and at the same time a confusion in the midst of many or some individuals. The question I ask myself /Pastor/brethren and you is: are we ready to accept any gospel even in the midst of law or human right? (A priest can easily condemn an act in the church because it’s not the right thing to do in the presence of God. But do we feel it’s against the acclaimed societal norm? We tend to condemn the priest or pastor for speaking out. We even call police for him or her just because he or she condemned an act).

I pray for you as I pray for myself to always seek God more and more amidst any inner war or confusion. May we seek more of the things of God than the things of man through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Good morning and God bless you today!

Ibekwe chinonso Linus

October 20, 2020

Eph.2:12-22,   Lk.12:35-38

In the first reading of today, St Paul reminds us that we are no longer aliens or foreign visitors, rather we are fellow citizens with the saints in God’s dwelling.

But as we suppose to know, every right has a responsibility attached to it. The Gospel reminds us of that responsibility. As citizens, we must have our lamps lit, our loins girded and ready for action. The Gospel assures that blessedness will be ours if God finds us at our duty post, if He finds us faithful when He comes.

Dearly beloved, let faith be that loin around our waist; let righteousness be our lamp. Let us always be ready and eager to perform our duty sincerely and humbly. Let us work so faithfully and devotedly as true citizens of heaven so that when the Master comes, He will admit us to sit at the table with Him. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen

 *Good Morning. Remain blessed from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 18, 2020

Isa.45:1.4-6,  1Thes.1:1-5,   Mtt.22:15-21.

Jesus instructed us to always be wise as serpent and gentle as dove.

Today on the cause of His teaching the Pharisees was angry and jealous of Him, they plot on how to set a trap for Him and kill Him, because He was preaching with authority and without fear of anybody. Why? because He is He knew He was offering the people the word of truth.

It is a warning to us to always be careful in everything we are doing, especially when we think that people are praising us. We must not forget that the enemy is looking for an opportunity to strike us and bring us down, let us always be watchful for the tactics of the enemy.

Paul told the Thessalonians today that he is always praying for them, let us always pray and ask God for the grace to always be watchful, because the enemy can try us through what we cherish most, it may be our colleagues or friends, let us always commit our life and ways to the Lord so that He will always protect us through Christ our Lord Amen

 *Happy Sunday Morning of glorious encounter.  @ Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 17, 2020

Eph.1:15-23,  Lk.12:8-12

Today we celebrate a renowned follower and sincere proclaimer of Christ, Ignatius of Antioch. On his way to Rome to be martyred, he wrote seven letters to the Churches encouraging them to stand firm in faith and love of Christ.

It is a personality like St Ignatius that Christ promised to acknowledge before the Angels. Why? Because Ignatius tirelessly and sincerely proclaims him by his word, his life and his death. He even pleaded with the Churches to allow him to be crushed by the lions that he may became a pure wheat for Christ.

He (Ignatius) experienced the same Joy that Paul shared in the first reading and used his heavenly gifts and blessings for the glory of God. We are challenged today, let us try, let us struggle to proclaim Christ by our words and by our deeds that He may acknowledge us before His Angels in heaven, to Him be glory forever and ever. Amen

 *Good Morning of a promising Weekend from  Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 16, 2020

Eph.1:11-14,   Lk.12:1-7

We are encouraged today to go on doing good. We must not be blind or ignorant of the works of the evil one, as Jesus advised his disciples to be careful of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. We should not copy them because everything we do in secret today will one day come to light, and everything we whispered today will one day be heard on the mountain top.

We need to be careful of our actions and words, no matter the situation we must always be the people of truth, speaking the truth without fear or fervour, because Christ encouraged us to only be afraid of God who can kill both body and soul, not human being who can only kill the body without touching the spirit. Speaking the truth and living the truth is the only thing that will prove us as Christians who have the seal of the spirit. It is then that we will be free from every bondage.

The scripture said wherever the spirit of God is, there is liberty. Only the spirit of God can set us free, we pray for the courage to always live for and speak the truth no matter the situation we may find ourselves without fear or fervour, because He who is in us is greater than the world and everything in it through Christ our Lord Amen

*Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 13, 2020

Gal.5:1-6,  Lk.11:37-41

Paul told the Galatians that since Christ has set them free, there is no need of going back to their old way of living again, but should hold firm to the faith they have received. Likewise for us today, since we are called Christians we should behave like Christians (Christ bearer).

Our life does not base on our righteousness but on Christ who died on the Cross to set us free. As such, there are many traditions we should not involve ourselves, especially living double life, lying, jealousy, idolatry of any kind. We should endeavor to be what we are called, the Followers of the truth. Truth will always be on our lips.

Jesus went to  the house of Pharisees on invitation, and the Pharisees was busy watching Him and His disciples, he noticed that the disciples did not wash their hands as the tradition demands before eating. Jesus use that opportunity to teach them ”no need of Washing outside of the cup while the inside is very dirty” we must work on ourselves, Our inner selves, not to please humans but to please God in everything. It is the heart that matters, our inner conversion, our inner freedom.

We pray for the grace to be faithful, free and firm in our faith in our Lord Jesus because that is the only thing that will set us free both now and forever. Amen

 *Good Morning @ Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 12, 2020

Gal.4:22-24.26-27.31-5:1,  Lk.11:29-32

True wisdom and sincere repentance is a must tool for every Christian.

Christ condemn His generation for forsaking these noble gifts and looking for external signs. But the question is, are we not doing the same thing? How many of us Christians today seek God for God alone?

The first reading assures us that we are the children of a free woman, But are we really free?. Sincerely brethren, if we tell ourselves the truth, we know that many of us have conditions for seeking God. Many of us have allowed the challenges of this life to blur our vision of God. God is our provident father. He knows what we need and the best way to give it to us.

Let us be patient with God. Let us desist from looking for a sign before we could believe. Let us trust God and surrender to Him and He will take care of us both now and forever. Amen

 *Good Morning of a NewWeek and Columbus day 

October 11, 2020

Isa.25:6-10a, Phil.4:12-14.19-20,  Mt.22:1-14

The banquet of the kingdom of heaven is free But not without preparation.

Prophet Isaiah in the first reading reminds us that on this mountain the Lord of host will prepare the banquet of great feast, there will be no more weeping nor sadness because it is the banquet of the Lord.

Jesus in His parable in the gospel, speaks about the same banquet. We all have been invited for free, but we need to cleanse ourselves, we need to prepare our ourselves. Let us not be among the guests who gave excuses that they can not attend. Jesus is inviting us always to Himself through His word.
We hear His Word everyday, both in the church, on the radio even on social media. He is calling us to come to Him, come and eat the finest meal, come and eat without paying anything. But are we responding to the call or are we still giving excuses? Only preparation is what He demands from us, to listen and obey His Word, to live a holy life, to love ourselves and neighbors, and to help those we are better than, that’s the only thing it will cost us to attend the banquet. No discrimination, He invites people everywhere and every tribe.

We pray for the grace to listen to God’s word and obey them so that we can attend that banquet of rich food through Christ our Lord. Amen

 *Happy Sunday Morning. Remain blessed from  Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 9, 2020

Gal.3:7-14,   Lk.11:15-26

Faith qualifies us to be children of God; while unity, proves we are not only God’s children, but heirs of the Kingdom of God.

Faith wins for us, the blessings of God and Unity protects the foundation of our faith. Our faith is shown by our good works of Mercy.  This is why in  the Christian fold, division is a weapon, the devil is using against us; and, sometimes, the people of the world can easily contend with us and win; because they believe in the slogan, that says “if the center can not  hold, things fall apart”.

This is applicable in a family setting; because of our lack of unity, the stronger man, attacks us and defeats us. The Lord said “if we are not for Him, we are against Him”. Let us try to be as the Lord says, by having faith and believing in God, so that the blessings of God concerning our lives, can only come through faith in the Lord. The law has nothing to offer, when we have faith in the Lord, that we will continue to please God in everything we do.

Praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ, both now and for evermore.

 *Good Morning, Remain blessed in the Lord @  Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 8, 2020

Gal.3:1-5,  Lk.11:5-13

One of the basic or distinctive mark of a Christian is Faith. Faith alone help us to believe all that God has revealed.  One of His revelations is His unconditional love towards us His creatures. If God has loved us so much, why do we still doubt? Why so much impatient? Why so quick in abandoning the way of truth?. Let us not be quick in deserting the way of the Lord. Yes, the journey may be tough, hard and tiresome, but if we persist in our knocking through prayer, He will unfailingly supply all our needs. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen

 *Good Morning from Ibekwe chinonso Linus*

October 7, 2020

Gal.2:1-2.7-14,   Lk.11:1-4

 Good Morning from  Ibekwe chinonso Linus

Sometimes to speak out boldly, sincerely and truthfully can really be challenging. More especially when it involves our close colleagues, associates or friends. But that’s what Paul did in the first reading, he spoke out sincerely without compromising.

What about you and me? To what extent do we bend the truth because ‘he’ is my colleague, ‘she’ is my friend. The only thing that will help us to stand firm as Christians, especially in the face of oppositions is prayer and truthfulness.

Christ prayed and also taught us how to pray. Prayer is the only and best asset we have in our struggles in this life. Let us draw close to God in prayer; let us seek His wisdom and strength in prayer.

In this month of October, let us endeavour to increase our prayer life.
May God help us to be more close to Him through prayer in this month and forever more though Christ our Lord. Amen.