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May 28, 2018

THE REASON FOR OUR JOY

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The third Sunday of Advent is usually celebrated as Gaudete Sunday with rose vestments and candles used in many churches across the globe. The word “gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice,” and it comes from today’s Entrance Antiphon: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice.” We rejoice because Christmas draws nearer, and so does our Lord’s glorious return. Our First Reading expresses humanity’s joy at the declaration of the Lord’s year of favour: “I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation, he has…

JOY IN THE MIDDLE OF SORROW

It’s “Gaudete Sunday” today. That’s why we are using rose candles and vestments.“Gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice”. The Church invites us to rejoice because Christmas is closer. The eclipse is nearly over and the sun is set to shine again. Christ is the sun that lights up the dark night sky. So we are called to rejoice. But why should we rejoice considering all the daily hardships that we face? Why should we rejoice given the moral decadence, political roguery and social apathy that pervade our land? Why should our students rejoice when the Government and the lecturers have conspired…