Thank you for visiting. In honour of the 5th anniversary of Uwakwe Reflections, we have relocated to a bigger platform at www. Do meet us there. Munachi Ezeogu's Homilies About Me. Responsive Adsense. Theme: What is Jesus actually coming to do? As the savior, what kind of salvation will he bring? Will he save us from the economic dungeon we have found ourselves? Will his arrival bring peace to our troubled world?
Will he create jobs, reconcile political opposites and administer justice to the oppressed? These are pertinent questions that yearn for answers.
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John the Baptist in the Gospel reading Mtt. He was imprisoned for the sake of the gospel and it was not out of place for him to think that Christ whose arrival would bring liberty to captives would at least visit him in prison or liberate him from the hands of Herod.
Of course, he is the Christ but he has a special mission. Posted by Unknown at pm 0 comments. Email This BlogThis! Munachi Ezeogu, CSSp. Genesis20, Ephesians, Luke Most Favoured One. Popular imagination has added an interesting slant to the story of the woman taken in adultery. You know the story: The Pharisees bring the woman before Jesus for judgment and Jesus says, "Let the person who is without sin cast the first stone.
Jesus looks up, surprised and amused, and then says, "Hold it, mother? I am trying to make a point, here. For we have known many good men and women who think that their holiness of life is their personal achievement. As a result they develop a certain holier-than-thou attitude toward others who have not attained their level of holiness. They become intolerant, angry and judgmental toward those they regard as sinners.
People like that would not hesitate to throw the first stone at a sinner caught red-handed, like the woman in our story. Posted by Unknown at am 0 comments. IsaiahRomansMatthew John F. Kennedy is said to be very fond of a particular story.Thank you for visiting. In honour of the 5th anniversary of Uwakwe Reflections, we have relocated to a bigger platform at www.
Do meet us there. Munachi Ezeogu's Homilies About Me. Responsive Adsense. Munachi Ezeogu, CSSp. Exodus, I Corinthians, Luke On the Gospel — But for the Grace of God. There was an old man who maintained his subscription to the daily newspaper even though he had virtually stopped reading.
His neighbour asked him why he maintained a subscription to a newspaper he never read.
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This was his reply. If I don't find my name there, I kneel down and thank God for the gift of another day. That is why I subscribe to the daily newspaper. Imagine today's gospel as giving us a rare glimpse into the obituary section of a Jerusalem daily newspaper one day in the lifetime of Jesus. About the Galileans they probably said, "Serves them right. Death to the terrorists! God knows why those eighteen deserve to die at this time, in this manner.
Posted by Unknown at am 0 comments. Email This BlogThis! On the Gospel — Lord, that we May See. In 2 Kings 6 we are told the story of how the Syrian army moved in by night and surrounded a city in which Elisha the prophet of God was staying.
Their aim was to capture Elisha because he was using his prophetic powers to render intelligence services to the king of Israel. Elisha's servant Gehazi woke up in the morning to discover that they had been caged in by enemy forces and was naturally overtaken by fear and doubt. How would the man of God pull through this? But who would believe that? And God opened the eyes of Gehazi and he saw that all the surrounding mountainside was full of horses and chariots of fire forming a protective wall around Elisha.All contributions welcome!
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At first the King of Aram thinks that one of his officers is playing the spy but when he learns the truth he despatches troops to go and capture Elisha who is residing in Dothan.
The Aramean troops move in under cover of darkness and surround the city. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.
At the end of the story, not only was the prophet of God safe but the invading army was totally humiliated. This story can help us understand what is going on in the transfiguration because at this stage in his public ministry Jesus is very much like Elisha, hemmed in on every side by his foes.
Remember that just before the transfiguration Jesus asked his disciples whom the people and they themselves think he is. When Peter gives the correct answer that he is the Christ, Jesus congratulates him and then proceeds to warn them and prepare them for his unavoidable suffering, death and resurrection.
But Peter is so unprepared for this that he protests visibly. He takes Jesus aside and begins to rebuke him. The transfiguration is that experience. A certain missionary on a study trip to the Holy Land was visiting Jaffa Joppa where Peter was residing when he baptized Cornelius Acts The breath-taking beauty of this small seaside town was such that it inspired him to come up with this joke:.
At the transfiguration Peter offered to build three tents, one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah. But Peter was probably thinking not of the beauty of the mountain top but its safety for his master. He was preoccupied for the safety of his master just as the servant of Elisha was. But when his eyes were opened at the transfiguration and he saw his master Jesus bathed in the glory of the divine presence his fear evaporated.
Every time we gather for the Eucharist we experience a moment of transfiguration where our divine Lord is transfigured before our eyes in the forms of bread and wine.
The pages of our newspapers are full of advertisements inviting readers to buy a product, subscribe to a service or enrol in a membership programme.
Such ads try to present their products and services in such attractive ways that readers will find it hard to ignore or turn down. How many readers are likely to enrol as members in such a church? Why did Timothy accept such an invitation? More importantly, why should we accept it today? The simple answer is: because there is no other way to human fulfilment, which the Bible calls eternal life or salvation.If anything among the following helps.
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People in the Bible Answering their Vocations I suppose all of us tend to think that the greatness of the Resurrection is in Jesus overcoming death. Yet, at the same time, if that were true, why are we sitting here?
Because that would have taken and happened a long, long time ago, almost two thousand years, and it would have been a fact in time. For that is not why we are here. We are here because Jesus not only overcame death, not only rose from the dead, but is with us. He has come to stay with us, as he promised. What keeps the church doors open is not a fact that Jesus rose from the dead and returned to his Father, something like perhaps we feel when we lose someone close to us, someone precious to us, and we mourn their passing, but we pray that they are happy in heaven with God Himself.
It is the presence of Jesus, that he is with us, that makes us what we are and fills these lovely scriptures. To be with us in sorrow. To be with us when terrible things happen to us, like wars and rumours of wars, the destruction of peoples and cultures.
And we know that he is even more present to us at those days, at those times, because it is a habit that all of us Christians have.
Think for a moment, though, how humiliating it is for God to become man. How terrible it is that He would become one of us, with all our limitations and our meanness. Not a God up in heaven waiting for us to die and join him there, but to walk with us and be with us as a human being. These are the words that are spoken of wonderful, wonderful things, timeless things. But they are the words of a human being.
Dom Helder Camara, who was the bishop of Rio de Janeiro many years ago, he gave this very lovely example. God so loved the world that He came, He came on our terms, He took on the limitations and the weakness of humanity, and He did this as a father would for a son who He loved. And the father, of course, can outrun him and out walk him. But the father measures his steps. He measures his steps in accord with the little steps that the little boy can manage.
And so he walks with his son. A humble God, otherwise how could He ever become, on the cross, one who dies rejected and alone, if He was not measuring His own commitment to us in the way that we must commit ourselves, for we, too, experience pain and death and fear and all the negative things in life. Simone Weil was a mystic. She grew up in the Holocaust. And Simone Weil was Jewish and she was very much concerned about the Holocaust.
He loved us so much that He even took on the experience of death, a death so terrible that we could hardly manage to get through Good Friday and to call it good. One day, this is many years ago, I was in Jerusalem for a summer and I was in a grocery store. And, at the same time, at the back of the flyer, I opened and there was….
It was Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement when the Jews, all together for that one day come together to weep and to be sorry for all the sins and to ask God for His forgiveness.
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And what he was saying was until you recognise the tears of God you will never recognise how much God loves you and cares for you, and your repentance is a joyful return home into a God who not only loves you but who weeps over you.
Today, on this most important day, we must never, never separate Good Friday from Easter Sunday. If people are to know who God is, they will see our tears, our laughter, our ways, our judgments.
And when He is with us, He continues to show us that it is through Him alone we can overcome everything and shine forth the truth that all men are created to love and serve God, and to love and serve each other. All Rights Reserved. If you would like to use our transcript of this sermon updatedplease contact us for permission. It is sometimes hard to accurately transcribe Father Hanly's reflections, so please let us know if you think we have made a mistake in any of our transcripts, and let us have your suggestions.
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