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Theme: Waiting in hope

What is wisdom? What does it mean to be wise? These are the questions put before us today. In an attempt to find a fresh approach on this timeless topic, I decided to consult the mouths of babes where an eleven-year-old orphan replied: ‘Wisdom means ‘knowing a lot of something’. Then, I asked if there were a difference between being smart and being wise. After a few moments, the response was, ‘A smart person knows a lot of facts but a wise person has knowledge that comes from experience’. Then I put the same question to a catechumen who responded: ‘Wisdom means knowing right from wrong and making right choices’. When I asked again how a person gets wisdom, the reply was, ‘I guess you have to ask God’.

Jesupharisee

Theme:  Leaders or bosses?

Today’s liturgy puts before us the theme of leadership and point out that humanity is most times poorly served by insincere leaders. It goes ahead to describe qualities a leader should foster for the well-being of the community. True leaders are a medium through which others can come to know and accept or reject their ideas and authority.

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Theme: Make your life meaningful

God’s love for us is a mandate and a command. We need to respond not by mere feelings but with decisive conviction. Feelings come and go as they wish; instead love is a mandate, a choice, a decision, and a commitment to do things the best way possible. That is why Jesus is commanding us to love others. It’s what we do to others, not how we feel toward them that matters.

denarius

Theme: Not mere words but action

World Mission Sunday

Today’s readings invite us to recognize the hand of God at work in human history while revealing a sense of the sacred within the most secular circumstance. Isaiah tells his contemporaries that their political fortunes are changing for the better, not simply because one earthly power is prevailing over another but because God has willed it to happen. When Jesus is confronted by adversaries about their legality to paying taxes, he tells them to respect and obey civil authorities without forgetting their obligations to God since all authority comes from God. The Gospel transforms all of us and asks us to collaborate with God.

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Theme: Food and eternity

After toiling long hours, in a brutal climate, on rough terrain, with only the simplest implements, Israelites considered themselves fortunate to be able to provide a simple meal for their families; only to begin the whole laborious process all over again the next day. Thus the idea of a lavish free banquet at which every hunger could be treated was equivalent to paradise. These readings therefore warrant a degree of serious reflection on our eating habits and life-styles. Unlike our spiritual forebears, food in its extravagance is generally readily available at the nearest take away. These meals in a carton box and polystyrene paper are eaten en route or alone and without benefit of the table-talk and companionship. To our surprise; the advent of television and whatsup are doing much to change our eating habits. We are getting used to eating from shaky trays in front of the Television. Yet, however much we eat we remain hungry for that human exchange that occurs naturally within the context of a common meal. Today this is what we are invited to revisit.

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Theme: Believe and be responsible

The ability to change one’s mind is a necessary aspect of Christian living. It is my responsibility as a believer to have my attitude aligned to the mind of God. This attitude is revealed throughout the Bible. The process of changing one’s mind results in a life-changing experience called conversion that is so deep to be termed a metanoia in Greek and shubh in Hebrew which means an about turn, seemlier to change of direction.

Mary 2016

Theme: Mary is our Mother Mentor and admirable

Assumption helps us to celebrate a woman who stands out as a model of discipleship for believers. To appreciate the role and the person of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Bible is sufficient. Luke and Acts in particular present us a woman who is a mother and mentor. Mary is mother not only in the sense that she agreed to give birth to Jesus through the Immaculate Conception; she is also a mother in that she welcomed the living Word of God into her life. Assumption is a nucleus of our faith because it demonstrates that Mary, like Christ her Son, overcame death and is already triumphant in heavenly glory in body and soul. She was so close to Jesus on earth to the extent that she had to be with him in heaven.

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Theme: Patience pays

If we were compare the mercy and patience of God to the cruelty of some human persons, what strikes is a tremendous contrast of extremes. There is a tendency among us human beings to distinguish, discriminate and even to ridicule one another. This high measure of weakness and diminishment of personal value has in some occasions unfortunately proved to be a sufficient momentum for provoking some of the darkest periods in the history of humankind. In an effort to separate ‘good’ from ‘bad’ from the insurgents, some communities have wiped out other human groups on pretence of weeding out the unwanted. The only crime of those being persecuted is that they are viewed as different. This is the reason behind the Jewish holocaust and the genocides that we still witness today. Segregation and separation of peoples because of their different ethnic and social groups has been a disease on the frontage of humanity for centuries. This attitude hurts the Gospel and ought to be challenged by Christianity.

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Theme:  Powerful word

When a word is spoken it is more than the articulation of an idea; words are dynamic entities pressing onward toward realization in time and space. Once uttered, they can not be revoked; the effectiveness of human words of blessing or cursing can persist and extend beyond the moment of their utterance cf. Genesis 27. More potent than human word is the word of God. In the Bible God’s word is communicated in three ways, as prophecy, as law and as a creative utterance. When God put his word into the mouth of a prophet or commissions someone to speak to the people, that person is assured that his/her ministry will not be in vain. When Samuel was called by God to prophetic service he “grew up and the Lord was with him, not permitting any word of his to be without effect” 1 Samuel 3:19. If we want to progress, the word of God has to find proper space in our lives.

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Theme:  Meek Messiah

Today we are going to reflect on salvation Leadership that is not only different but unique. In normal circumstances an eligible leader is one who is decisive, ambitious, wise, strong, forceful, assertive, determined and experienced. Nowhere in a dictionary do we get a description pointing to the attributes of meek to be a quality of a would-be leader. In contemporary parlance the term meek is evocative of weakness; in fact, the dictionary defines meek as ‘easily imposed upon; submissive’. Etymologically, however, this word has a much more potent meaning; meek is an apt term for describing Israel’s long-awaited Messiah. Meek comes from the Greek word, praotes, which means not easily provoked.

communion1Theme: His Body is our life

Today’s celebration of Corpus Christ is the Solemnity of the very center and heart of our Church and pivot of our faith. The Holy Eucharist is the center and heart of parish, the center and every baptized Catholic. Jesus Christ is fully present in the Blessed Sacrament. I know that some find it difficult to believe that bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Jesus. I can understand your doubts. We don’t see any change in the bread or wine. There is no difference in the taste; the bread still tastes like bread and the wine still tastes like wine. It is going against logic to say that the bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Jesus despite no change in appearance, yet in this mystery of faith, Jesus Christ is fully and wholly present.

Trinity

Theme: God is three in one

Today is Trinity Sunday but remember that every Sunday is a feast day of the Trinity and an occasion to celebrate one God. Although the mystery of the Trinity is central to Christian faith, it remains one of the most difficult doctrines to explain. What is the meaning of the Trinity? The root of the word ‘Trinity’ originates from the Latin word ‘trini’ which means three each, or threefold. The term was used by Tertullian in year 200 A.D to denote the central doctrine of the Christian religion. God who is one and unique in His infinite substance or nature, or Godhead; is three really distinct Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each of these three Persons is truly the same God and has all His infinite perfections; yet He is really distinct from each of the other Persons.

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Theme: Come Holy Spirit

Today, as Church, we celebrate all our birth day in faith. Despite the challenges, failures and tests, the endurance of discipleship has made us witness that Jesus is alive. With this conviction; the Church survives and even thrives! Unlike the survivors of televised notoriety who go it alone, we know that the endurance, perseverance keeps us together as a Church due to the Holy Spirit who does not permit us to be relegated to distant memory or closed away in history’s book. The Holy Spirit instead empowers the Church to be pertinent, relevant and ever attentive to the changing circumstances that call forth its best efforts at service at speaking truth and making known the good news.

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Theme: The Cross is our joy

During the liturgical season of Lent now past, the Church called its members to tend to the reality of sin in their lives and to renew themselves in the daily process of conversion to Christ. During the Holy Triduum, we have all been invited to join our struggles and sufferings to the passion and death of Jesus and to find therein the forgiveness and healing he promised. Now that Lent and its emphasis on the Cross has yielded to the blessed new life and hope of Easter, we are challenged to make manifest the fruit of our Lenten efforts. If indeed, we have been converted to the good news, if we have truly ‘turned over a new page’, then it is time to let our life show the difference. The Church puts before us readings from the Holy Bible which help us to understand the implication of Jesus’ resurrection and the challenge of living an Easter faith.

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Theme: Do this in memory of me

My brothers and sisters in Christ, in order to prepare ourselves to commemorate the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Day, today, we are celebrating Holy Thursday.

This Feast solemnly commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist. During the history of the Holy Catholic Church, this special Feast has been associated with the reconciliation of penitents, the consecration of the holy oils, the washing of the feet, the commemoration of the Blessed Eucharist and Institution of Ministerial Priesthood. Holy Thursday is the night on which our Lord Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples. What went through their mind on that night, we will never know. We can only imagine. What we do know is that Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart from the world and to go to the Father.

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Today is the day when despair and hope meet to decide the fate of humanity. Today we are invited to make a choice and take a stand to stay with or to move away from Jesus.

The usual homilies have less to clarify since the way of the Cross is enough. I pick seven words that may provoke us to retrace where our hope has disappeared so that we may return on the right truck.

The First Word: Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do!  In these words we were all included; the indifferent, those who slapped his face, the Chief Priests hidden by the cruel Centurion’s chariot, the fearful apostles and crowds. But in the distance there is an incredible ultimate grace. We all hung the innocent instead of discerning out the Judas Iscariot who is forever our companion.

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