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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe



Today’s Readings:

1 Maccabees 4:36-37,52-59

1 Chronicles 29:10-12

Luke 19:45-48


The Devil’s game-changing plan is to make us believe that we have no worth. In place of our God-given human dignity, we have money as the source of wealth and worth. In place of self-respect, we have the illusory world of social media where likes and follows define self-worth. We have the world of cosmetics where breasts and butts are the definition of feminine beauty. In plain terms, it is a lie from the pit of hell to believe that you are valuable because of what you have. Before you ever had a penny to your name or even knew who you were, you were precious in God’s eyes; you are His perfect work of art (Ephesians 2:10). You are worth more than all the beautiful birds of the air that God ever created (Matthew 10:33). Your value cannot be measured or quantified in material things.


What then does our worth consist in? 

  • We receive our worth from God who made us in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27).

  • We do not lose our value to age, ill health, poor educational or social standards.

  • Our value does not fluctuate like the situation of our currency.

  • We are valuable because the Holy Spirit dwells in us as His temple.

  • We are valuable because we can create beautiful, rich, and useful things if we apply our mind's skills positively.

  • We are valuable because God uses us to bless and influence others for good.

  • Our value grows as we practice our faith and serve others with our gifts.

  • We preserve our value by receiving Christ in the Eucharist and adoring His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament.

  • Those who treat others fairly in commerce and relationships receive special blessings for recognizing the dignity and value of others.


Do not listen to the lies of the devil:

  • When he suggests that you end your life because you are not adding value to others.

  • When he suggests to you that your looks are what make you beautiful.

  • When he suggests that God does not love you and will not forgive your sins.

  • When you are pressured to use evil, immoral, and illegal means to become rich and popular.

  • Do not give in to selfishness because others have treated you badly.

  • Do not harbour hatred and unforgiveness.


Be consoled by the words of Saint Paul Le-Bao-Tinh (one of the martyrs of Vietnam whom the Catholic Church celebrates today): “Amid these torments, which usually terrify others, I am, by the grace of God, full of joy and gladness, because I am not alone – Christ is with me.”

                                                                                    JUDE-MARY OWOH



  1. Heavenly Father, thank you for creating me beautiful, inside and out.

  2. Help me to see daily that I am worth more to You than every created thing.

  3. Help me to respect the dignity of others.

  4. By your grace, may I place my gifts and my whole being at Your service and the service of my brothers and sisters. Amen.

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