Fr. Sanctus Mario
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When We lose the reverence for the Spiritual. Monday 3rd week of Advent


Breakfast with the Word Monday 3rd week of Advent


Matthew 21:23-27



Reverence is the act of showing respect and profound awe for somebody or something.  It indicates when we treat somebody or something with a sense of high esteem because of what that person or the thing represents or stands for.


Everything that is sacred demands a high sense of respect and honour. When we lose respect for the spiritual, there is always the tendency to take the spiritual as if it is nothing.


The problem we have today is that we are losing respect for God and spiritual matters.  This is the reason a man will enter the church and forgets he is in the presence of God.


This is the reason many will enter the house of God and busy on social media. Even the Holy communion that we rever as the body of Christ is taken as if it is nothing; that we no longer have recourse to our spiritual states to receive Jesus into our hearts.

Every day the sense of the sacred and respect for spiritual things begins to go down. The encounter between Jews and Jesus today shows no sign of respect for Him and even to their cherished beliefs.


It is a clear pointer that they took Him for granted all these while. When we lose respect for God and for spiritual things we begin to take them for granted. Hence, we lose the value of what they represent.


The Gospel


When Jesus entered the temple today and began to teach the people, the elders and the chief priests came to Him and began to question His authority for doing the things He was doing.


Jesus requests that he asks them a question and their answer will determine His own response to them. Jesus asks them to tell Him by whose authority John baptized.

They argued among themselves that if they say from heaven, then it is an affirmation of the source of Jesus’ authority and to say no may infuriate the people because they believe John was a mighty prophet. Then they lied and said we do not know and Jesus also says that neither will He tell them.


Signs of No 


1. When we evaluate  the gospel of today, we will, first of all, know that the Leaders who come to Jesus intend to demean Him. They intend to look for a point to discredit Him and humiliate Him in the presence of the people.


When we lose respect for God and spiritual matters, the signs of it are seen by what we say and do. How we treat spiritual matters, how we take His ministers, the way we behave when we are in His presence, what we tell people etc are signs whether we hold what we believe in profound awe or we just take it as anything goes.


2. Secondly, if we look critically into the gospel, we will observe that today’s episode happened as Jesus was addressing the people. Jesus has already started teaching the people and the chief priests walked up to Him which hence indicates that they interrupted what He was saying.



It is like when someone is talking to the people and someone walks over to take the microphone from Him. They did not even mind that people were there. This is a sign of hatred, envy and lack of sense of sacredness.


Today they disrespected the people, showed a lack of reverence for the temple, disrespected teachings of the law and showed no reverence for Jesus. This is a sign that these people have lost a sense of sacredness.

Whenever we lose reverence for the sacred, the true meaning and value of what that thing stands for goes into extinction. This is why many today will enter the house of God to steal, and do all sorts of things because the sense of the sacred is lost.


2. When you look at those who met Jesus, you will observe that they are men of high societal standing. Maybe they think that Jesus is not what He claims, or maybe they are puffed up by their positions that they could not even respect the people who are listening to Jesus.


In the same vein whenever we take ourselves as gods, or whenever we feel we are the one to be worshipped, there is the temptation to disrespect those who are in charge of your spiritual life.


There is also a tendency to feel higher than God. This is why many who are in high political positions today feel they can do anything they want and eliminate any life they feel without qualms of conscience. We seem to forget that we are mere dust that will depart the world one day.


4. Today’s event is not the first time Jesus was preaching in the temple. The elders have seen him teach, heal and feed the multitude. Despite these mighty works they are not convinced. It is a simple sign that they are deaf to God’s message and the message of the Messiah.


This is also what happens when we lose reverence for God. Our spiritual life begins to wane and we become deaf to any gospel message, despite how powerful it sounds. Hence, there is the temptation to close our eyes and ears to things that God does among us. This is why many today take the things of God as if it is nothing. Like the elders, we become spiritually less perceptive.




One day, one of the boys who serve St. Padre Pio approaches Him and asks the reason He loves prostrating before the Blessed Sacrament during Eucharistic Adoration. Padre Pio says ‘my boy, in His presence is beyond what we can explain, if all men know what happens in His presence, they will prostrate daily before Him’.


When Mother Teresa was asked why She visits the Blessed Sacrament first thing in the morning. She answers “ The time one can spend with Jesus is the best time on earth. It is beyond the physical eyes”.


When we see everything only with the eyes of the physical,  there is always the temptation to lose the value of the spiritual. What happens in the spiritual is beyond the physical. Everything is not mechanical.


The elders today only saw Jesus with the eyes of the physical rather than seeing Him as the Messiah. As we wander in the physical, let us not lose sight of the spiritual. God demands our humility and respect.


May God forgive us in any way we have not shown respect for Him. May He never abandon us. Amen.


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Behind the Opposite of We Want



  1. Okonkwo onyinye says


  2. Ugwu Obianuju G says

    O Lord, may you not abandon me all the days of my life in Jesus name Amen

  3. Okoye juliet chidinma says

    Amen ooooo
    Thank you Padre
    We should respect God in everything we do,we should not take things of God for granted,if not for God,where would we be today.
    When you go to church be focused and avoid distractions such as pressing phone,gisting,talking,laughing, gossiping.
    The house of the Lord,is the house of prayer.
    Let’s always respect that.

  4. Charles Ndubuisi Ezeji says


  5. Eneh Chioma Maureen says


  6. Ogechi Anugwom says


  7. Nwatu Nneka P says



  8. Nwatu Nneka P says

    AMEN. THANKS and same to you brother

  9. Boitumelo says

    Amen for your forgiveness and blessings🙏

  10. Yolanda Malebatsane says


  11. Agina Uchenna says


  12. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  13. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro. Good morning

  14. Beatrice Solomon says


  15. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen Padre and God’s Divine wisdom and strength.

  16. Cecilia.U.Christopher says

    Lord please help me to always acknowledge your presence in all I do.

  17. Chizoba Ekwueme says


  18. Asibe Mary says


  19. Ilokwe Rose Charity says


  20. Nwagwu Chinelo Bernadett says

    God help me to be showing respect to you all the days of of my life , let me not lose sight of you any moment of my life.

  21. David Sunday Edore says

    Amen. Oh Lord God give me the grace never to loose sight on u and in any way I have disrespected u have mercy on Lord Amen.

  22. Stephen Uchenna Mabel says

    Amen. Thank you fr the exposition. More anointing.

  23. Abuah Judith says

    Amen oooo. Thanks brother

  24. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr

  25. Umeze Rosemary says


  26. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏

  27. Onyeoma Ukamaka says


  28. Eririogu Fidelia says


  29. Omeje Ifebuche says



    AMEN 🙏
    Thank you Padre
    May the Lord continue to draw us closer to Him and may He grant us His Grace to always abide in His presence 🙏 AMEN
    Shalom Padre

  31. Ighekpe Agbodesi Winifred says

    Oh God help me not to loose respect for you, help me to show reverence to all that concern you, Amen.

  32. arinze chinenye says


  33. Miracle Amadi says

    Amen 🙏

  34. Angela Ekere says


  35. Udemezue Martina Mary says


  36. Carmela U. E. says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you Fr.

  37. Regina Mobu says


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  39. Udeh Jane frances Chiamaka says


  40. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says


  41. Obinna says

    Thank you Fr.

  42. Onwuka Mary Ijeoma says


  43. Thecla Ifeoma says


  44. Godwin Odah says

    Amen 👏.
    Forgive me Lord for the many times I have gone against your will, and help me by your grace, to always reverence your name in all the days of my life on earth.

  45. Amalu Gloria says


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  48. Dr Nick Onyia says

    Amen and amen 🙏

  49. Mariajacinta Ivoke says


  50. Theomaris says

    Amen 🙏

  51. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says


  52. Eze Juliana Nkechi says


  53. Esimekara Nnenna says

    For all the times I have neglected the grace of your presence Lord. I’m truly sorry.

  54. Dodoh Peter Anthony says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  55. Michael Jones says


  56. Nnoruga obiageli says

    Lord cause me to know you more and more

  57. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


  58. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. God bless you.

  59. Christian says

    Amen thank you Jesus.

  60. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏.

  61. Chikaodili Uzo says


  62. Josephine Ugwu says

    O God, help me to value spiritual things more than anything else.

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