Author: Oloruntumo

Prayerful Expectation

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) on third day of Pentecost Novena Prayerful Expectation Friends, on the Seventh Sunday of Easter, we are in prayerful expectation of the coming the Holy Spirit next Sunday at Pentecost, just as the first disciples were. The Easter season concludes in a week with Pentecost. How are we preparing for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit? In today’s First Reading, just after the Ascension, the disciples gather, wait, and pray.The Angels had to give them a little nudge to see that it was over, but they’ve taken the hint and come down from the mountain.However, it is not a John 21 moment; they haven’t returned to their day to day affairs as if nothing had happened.Our Lord had promised they would receive the power of the Holy Spirit if they wait, so they don’t just fill their time with mundane little chores; they gather and pray.We are gathered in prayer today, just as we should pray this whole week, awaiting the Holy Spirit. In today’s Second Reading Peter reminds us that the Holy Spirit will be with us, but the mission we have received will still be tough.Just before his Ascension Our Lord charged the Apostles with going out and baptizing the whole world.About two millennia have passed. Are we there yet?He promised to be with them always, and that the power...

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Whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in my name

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) On Pentecost Novena Day 1 Whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in My name. Today we begin the Pentecost novena, nine days of prayer in preparation for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. On this first day of the novena, Jesus tells us to ask for the Spirit in His name (Jn 16:23). Jesus says: “The heavenly Father [will] give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him” (Lk 11:13). We need these nine days to prepare us to ask rightly (see Jas 4:2-3). “We will receive at His hands whatever we ask” provided that “our consciences have nothing to charge us with” (1 Jn 3:22, 21). Thus, the Lord wants us to focus on repentance during this novena. The disciples who prayed the first Pentecost novena “devoted themselves to constant prayer” (Acts 1:14). Prayer that is constant and communal works! They were filled with the Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Find some people to gather with to pray the novena. Mary was central to the first Pentecost novena. Imagine how guilty the first disciples felt in abandoning Jesus during His crucifixion and thus adding to His pain. If you went to the funeral of someone you had hurt badly, imagine how comforted you would feel to be loved and forgiven by the family of...

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Are you hungry for truth?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.) Are you hungry for truth? Friends, Jesus proclaimed that he is the Truth, the Way, and the Life (John 14:6). Truth is not something we create nor is it our discovery. It is the gift of God who is the possessor and giver of all truth. Jesus tells his disciples that it is the role of the Holy Spirit to reveal what is true, right, and good. How can this be? Many skeptics of truth don’t want to believe in an absolute, objective, and unchanging Truth. If truth is objective then it must be asserted to as trustworthy and right and be submitted to as authoritative and binding. Some fear the truth because they think it will inhibit their freedom to act, think, and judge as they wish. Jesus told his disciples that the truth will set you free (John 8:32). The truth liberates us from whatever is false, misleading, doubtful, or deceptive. In God there is no lie or falsehood since he is utterly true, good, and just. Since he is the author and source of all that is true and good, then the closer we draw near to him in order to listen to his word and understand his mind and will for us, the more we will grow in the knowledge of God and of his great love, wisdom,...

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Do I have a true love for the mission of Jesus Christ?

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P) Do I have a true love for the mission of Jesus Christ? Friends, John Mark had accompanied Barnabas and Saul on a relief mission to help the starving Judean Christians (Acts 12:25). Next, John Mark accompanied Barnabas and Saul on the first evangelisation mission of the Church (Acts 13:5). However, John Mark dropped out of that mission (Acts 13:13). There’s a big difference between a relief mission and an evangelisation mission. You may have been on relief missions. You may have given your time, energy, and money to help the poor, the suffering, and the victims of tragedies. However, only a few people have gone on evangelisation missions. Relief missions are very important and often are a matter of life and death. Evangelisation missions, however, are of supreme importance and are a matter of eternal life and death. Usually, we need a much stronger love to go on an evangelisation mission than a relief mission. We will often fight a much more severe spiritual battle in an evangelisation mission than in almost any other activity. We can criticize John Mark for leaving the first Christian evangelisation mission, but many of us have never quit because we’ve never started. If we have dropped out, we ought to follow Mark’s lead, repent, and go back on mission. While some give their lives for the...

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Listen to the Good Shepherd and you will not go astray

Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P) Listen to the Good Shepherd and you will not go astray Friends, we are very much like sheep who stray, we become easy prey to forces which can destroy us – sin, Satan, and a world in opposition to God and his people. The Lord Jesus came not only to free us from Satan’s snares and the grip of sin, he came to personally lead us to the best of places where we can feed on his “word of life” and drink from the “living waters” of his Holy Spirit. The sheep who heed the voice of Jesus, the good shepherd, have no fear. He leads them to the best of places – everlasting peace, joy, and fellowship with God and his people. In this present life we will encounter trials, difficulties, and persecution. We can face them alone or we can follow Jesus, the true shepherd, who will bring us safely through every difficulty to the place of peace and security with God. Do you listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd and heed his commands? Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who secures what is best for us. I place all my hope and trust in you. Open my ears to hear your voice today and to follow your command. Amen. Good morning and have a victorious Tuesday!...

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