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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe



Today’s Readings:

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:12-19; Matthew 16:13-23


Today, the Catholic Church celebrates Saint John Vianney (born Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney; 8 May 1786 – 4 August 1859), a French priest who is venerated as the patron saint of parish priests. He is often referred to as the "Curéd" (i.e. the parish priest of Ars). He is known for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish in Ars, France, because of the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. Many attribute this to his saintly life, mortification, persevering ministry in the sacrament of confession, and ardent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

God loves us with an everlasting love. He reveals the depth of His love by sending His Son to live among us, die for us and raise us to eternal life. Peter identifies Him as, "The Christ, the Son of the living God". But he failed to see that the Son of God must suffer and die to accomplish God's will for us. Jesus calls Peter "Satan" for his poor understanding.

We claim a relationship with Christ, but we step back when we learn of the implications. To arrive at the glory which God has destined for you, you will have to go through a purification of your mind. You will have to endure some challenges (physical, moral, spiritual, social, mental and emotional). But it is through all these that God prepares us for the gifts He gives us and ultimately for eternal happiness with Him in heaven. So, what should you do today?

Ask God to give you a disposition for what He wants to do with you, not what you want Him to do with you. Insist that God's will may be done in your life, not your will. May God continue to bless and strengthen you even as you desire to do what He wills for you. In His will is your peace and joy.




  1. My heavenly Father, I desire to do Your will. Reveal Your plan for my life, in Jesus name.

  2. My Father, give me Your courage to walk the path that you have set before me, in Jesus name.

  3. May I never be discouraged by criticisms, difficulties or unexpected challenges, in Jesus name.

  4. My Father, strengthen me to unite myself with You in all things and never offend You by my poor understanding, in Jesus name.

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