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May 22, 2018

THE HOUR IS NOW!

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ response to the request by a group of Greek-speaking pilgrims to see him is: “Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (John 12:23). What hour has come? The hour to consummate his earthly mission of restoring communion between God and man. Let us bear in mind that at the wedding ceremony of Cana, when his mother told him the wine had run out, his response was: “My hour has not yet come” (John2:4). Also, once during the Feast of Tabernacles, when his brothers encouraged him to minister publicly in…

The Meaning of Eternal Life

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today’s Gospel passage teaches us the meaning of eternal life – knowing the only true God and his messenger, Jesus Christ. (John 17:3). Eternal life isnot a matter of time and space but a relationship of intimate knowledge. It is not a matter of food and drink but of “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). Eternal life is not a matter of earthly wellbeing or material prosperity but rather comes from knowing God. This knowledge is more than intellectuallygrasping a concept but entails an intimate bond, a profound communion. Eternal life is a love affair with…