Today’s Reflection

Tuesday of the Eight Week in Ordinary Time (St. Philip Neri). Reflection by Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)

Add a smiling face to all your gifts…
Ecclesiasticus 35:2-15; Mark 10:28-31

The situation in my country Nigeria hardly calls for a smiling face. In fact, these are the days of frowns; frowns, hard stares and the cold shoulder. However, we must not lose hope. The first reading encourages us to smile especially when presenting our gifts to God; the gospel reading assures us that we shall be rewarded for leaving everything and following Jesus. St Philip Neri admonishes us not to be too serious. The world is already too serious as it is. We must smile ooo!

So this is a time when we must try to be most kind to one another. Things are getting better. Light came to my campus this morning. My data bundle still functions, in spite of the warnings given by MTN, fuel is expensive but we’re managing. Above all these human difficulties, Jesus is mine!  Tell it to someone today. Make someone’s burdens a bit lighter to bear.

Lord, lead us to the promised land, especially here in Nigeria, Amen.

Have a wonderful day…


That’s the smile we’re talking about…

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Fada Oselumhense Anetor

Studied at St Paul Minor Seminary, Benin City; Saints Peter and Paul Major Seminary, Bodija, Ibadan; Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. Ordained a Catholic Priest for the Diocese of Uromi on the 11th of August 2012. Loves working with young people

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