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May 22, 2018

HE CAME TO CALL SINNERS

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  In today’s Gospel we hear the greatest challenge ever given to humanity: “Repent, and believe the Good News” (Mark 1:15). With these words, Jesus inaugurates his public ministry of reconciling us with the Father. The greatest man ever issues the greatest summons ever (repentance), to God’s greatest creation ever (mankind), against the greatest human tragedy ever (sin). And on offer is the greatest reward ever (salvation), entailing the greatest transformation ever – the divinization of man. The call to repentance summarizes Jesus’ mission on earth. This challenge is the good news – god-spell (glad tidings) or Gospel. It is…

Pentecost Sunday

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON            WIS 1:7 The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world and that which contains all things understands what is said, alleluia.   COLLECT O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles Acts…

IT’S OUR CHURCH

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

“Pentecost” comes from the Greek word for “fiftieth.” Fifty days from the day after Passover, the Jews celebrated the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), commemorating the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. Originally, the feast marked the conclusion of the grain harvest (Ex. 23:16). On that day, the first fruits of the spring grain harvest were offered to God at the Temple. While Passover signified the people’s freedom from bondage, Shavuot signified their becoming God’s people through the acceptance of the Law. Being a pilgrim festival, Pentecost was a most fitting time for the Holy Spirit to come and enkindle…

Death as the Road To Life

Christ has one personal identity to save and to reveal, and one mission to fulfill. Now to reveal His identity and to fulfill His mission, to save the truth of His life, He is disposed to all, even to loose His physical life. The “unconditional” and absolute decision to be Himself and fulfill His Mission at “any” cost is the supreme act of faithfulness (obedience) to God.   An Identity To Reveal And A Mission To Fulfill The loss of one’s life (death) is the “sign”, the verification and  absolute “test” of fidelity to one’s identity and mission received from…

Sunday Reading: TENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C (9/6/2013)

Sunday readings

FIRST READING A reading from the first book of Kings 17:17 – 24 Theme: Look your son is alive. The son of the mistress of the house fell sick; his illness was so severe that in the end he had no breath left in him.  And the woman said to Elijah, “What quarrel have you with me, man of God? Have you come here to bring my sins home to me and to kill my son?” “Give me your son,” he said, and taking him from her lap, carried him to the upper room where he was staying and laid…

St. Patrick’s Itu celebrates Holy Trinity

…As KSJI remembers fallen colleague The Blessed Trinity is a mystery that all Catholic faithful are bound to believe.  This is stated by Rev. Fr. Jude Anyanwu (SDV) in his homily during the Eucharist celebration to mark the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity Sunday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish Itu Ezinihitte LGA Mbise, Sunday, May 26, 2013. He said that though it’s a mystery, an attempt at explaining it is necessary to enlighten the minds of the faithful. The priest drew the attention of God’s people to the Three Persons in One God, pointing to God the Almighty Father as…