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July 17, 2018

THE CHURCH AS A KINGDOM

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  At the start of his public ministry Jesus declared that the Kingdom of God was imminent. This kingdom was his favourite topic, and his mission revolved around it. The existence of a kingdom presupposes the existence of a king and his subjects. The Church is Christ’s kingdom on earth and we are the subjects. That’s how the Lord sees it. But how do we see the Church? Do we see it as Christ does or do we see it as a mere social gathering? In his book,“Models of the Church”,Cardinal Avery Dulles outlines six ways of understanding the Church:…

Fertile for the Kingdom

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today’s readings are all about fertility, planting, harvesting and fruitfulness. The sacred authors of Scripture make use of everyday material elements to convey the not-so-easy-to-understand truths of the Kingdom of God. In the First Reading, the Lord uses rainfall as a metaphor to underscore the certainty of his words coming to fulfillment. Every word spoken by the Lord must, without fail, come to pass! Therefore, it is in our best interest to listen so as not to be found wanting. The Responsorial Psalm is a reminder of the provisions that the Lord has made for us to enjoy the beauties…

PEACE THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Today Jesus offers one of his greatest gifts to humanity: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you”, he says, “Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” The peace of Christ is enduring, free and all-embracing. It is an interior peace which permeates individual hearts, families, communities, and entire nations. This peace comes from the blessed assurance that we are loved no matter what. It is a peace that comes from the knowledge that even when it seems like our world is falling apart he gently tells us: “Do not let your…