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August 14, 2018

In imitation of Christ

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

As the Universal Church reverts to the Ordinary Time in her liturgical calendar, our Lord Jesus is offered to the world as the Light to the nations, and the One who takes away the sins of the world. Both descriptions accentuate the messianic character of Christ’s ministry. As Light to the nations, he dispels the darkness of sin and division, shining through the entire cosmos and illumining our path back to the Father. As the Lamb of God, he offers himself to be bruised and battered for the sake of a broken humanity and a sin-riddled world. Thus, today, we…

Doing Whatever He Tells Us

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today we hear Mary’s very last words in Scripture: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). By this statement, we are invited to submit to Christ in all aspects of our life. Before issuing this command, Mary had already said to her Son: “They have no wine” (John 2:3). Her maternal intercession always covers all our needs even before we present them to the Lord. As she intervened on behalf of the newly married couple at Cana, so Mary (our Advocate) continues to make heavenly intercessions for the needs of her children here on earth. By telling Jesus: “They have…

Pope Francis has a lamb draped around his neck during nativity visit

  The pontiff was visiting the parish of St Alphonso Maria de ‘Liguori, in the district of Justine, on the outskirts of Rome when an onlooker placed the animal over his neck. He was at the site to spend the afternoon of the Epiphany festival there where parishioners had set up a special nativity scene. Pope Francis lived up to his role as the shepherd of God’s flock when he was given a lamb to carry on his shoulders. Local people had recreated Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’s birth, with shops, stalls, inns and other scenes of everyday life….