DO NOT GIVE IN TO DESPAIR: JUST TRUST AND OBEY – HOMILY

TUESDAY, 6TH WK OF EASTER – Acts 16: 22-34; Psalm 137; John 16: 5-11

Generally in life, a time comes in a man’s life when a lot seems not to be working, when what you have built for years seem to come down crumbling. At such times, giving up becomes the highest option on the sequence and scale of priorities. Your inability to fathom why certain things happen makes it even worse. Some flow from betrayal, some errors and mistake on our parts. Our happiness will come from our sincere admittance of errors and mistakes made and genuinely seeking to amend.

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EXPECTING THE WORST AMIDST WITNESSING -HOMILY

Acts 16: 1-10; Psalm 99; John 15: 18-21 ; Saturday-5th Week of Easter Year A

Dear friends in Christ, to be loved the world is vain and that entails subscribing totally to the ways of the world and conventional standards. This out rightly will rob us of our true identity as sons and daughters of God. To make a difference in a world that believes and subscribes to sycophancy, boot licking, blind loyalty, conspiracies, lies and infidelity of all sorts in both personal and communal lives invites the wrath of the majority that is to be abandoned while attempting to standout for truth, justice, equity, love and indeed objectivity.

Beloved in the Lord, in our gospel text today, the Lord remarkably and emphatically told his disciples without mincing words of the hatred of the world on account of witnessing to Him. They are to expect calumnies, hatred, bylines, victimization, vindictiveness and persecutions of all sorts and degrees because he himself did endured and embraced all gladly.

To be a Christian is both a joy and a great challenge not to mention pain-full. The Christian should not expect an easy and comfortable life. While we should not be masochists, we are expected to endure pain, shame, discrimination, rejection, and even death for the sake of the Gospels. Our eyes are fixed on the Kingdom. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. We are asked and called not to compromise our faith for anything in the world. In the midst of all, we draw consolation from the Lord Himself who told us not to worry amidst the troubles and pains that will come our way because he has overcome the world – Jn. 16:33.

Today, dear friends, we are called to ensure that our witnessing and discipleship become a definition of our lives. At the core of our lives are three things – knowledge of God, service of God and both are founded on the love of God. To know him, love him and serve him therefore all wrapped in witnessing to him. Witnessing to the Lord hinges therefore on profession, practice and propagation of the gospel and in doing this, we witness and in witnessing we sure will encounter obstacles and persecutions.

Hope therefore remains our propelling virtue amidst the odds on the way and journey. A genuine Christian life is a life full of hope and which markets such commodity. In perilous times such as we have found ourselves amidst the pain, despair, and troubles of the corona virus pandemic, we must lift our hearts to God in prayers always beseeching him to bring an end and restore us to greater happiness.

May His Mercies be upon us as we place all our hopes in Him. Amen

Revd Fr Neibo Boniface

WHY WE KEEP FAILING LOVE…HOMILY – FRIDAY 5TH WEEK OF EASTER

FRIDAY – 5TH WEEK OF EASTER, 15TH MAY, 2020

Acts. 15:22-31; Ps. 56:8-12. R.v 10; John 15:12-17

Dear friends in Christ, remarkably we heard in the first reading today following the Apostolic exhortation to those selected to join the company of Paul and Barnabas to Antioch, “you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals, and from fornication. Avoid these and all will well with you. Farewell.” These exhortation is a product of love which is the thrust of the gospel message to us all today. The law of love suffices and should guide every of our steps and actions. And this, is what the Christian faithful were exhorted to believe, and not the additional rules which became a burden to the faithful people of God.

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ENDURING VICIOUSNESS – THERE IS GAIN IN THE PAIN – HOMILY-TUESDAY

ENDURING VICIOUSNESS – THERE IS GAIN IN THE PAIN… TUESDAY – HOMILY

Act 14:19-28; Jn 14:27-31. – 5TH WK OF EASTER, MAY 12TH, 2020.

According to Donna Wallis, “God’s method in times of storm is mysterious; ‘Sometimes God calms the storms, and sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child”. Reflecting on the lives of all apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ (except the son of perdition, Judas) and the disciples who have authentically bore witness to the gospel and his legacies, I have very often sat in amazement and wonder and have been left to ponder within me why they so seek to die, get beaten, flogged, jested, maimed, crucified, burnt and endured all degrees of brutality yet in all glamour and smile.

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HE IS CONSUBSTANTIAL WITH THE FATHER…HOMILY

Saturday – 4th Week of Easter Year A, May 9th, 2020

“I am in the Father and the Father is in me” – Jn. 14:11

Dear friends in Christ, in response to Philip’s request to Jesus , “Lord, show us the Father and it is enough for us” (Jn 14:8), reveals once more his consubstantiality with the Father. We are invited to open our eyes to recognize the Lord God the Father who reveals and make manifest himself in Christ the Lord.

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BE MISSIONARIES OF HOPE AND OUR HOME…HOMILY

Friday of the 4th Week of Easter Year A – May 8 2020

Acts 13:26-33; John 14:1-6

When we embark on a journey and whenever we hope to return, one things are our quite often major concerns. Away from home on a journey, we worry to find a ‘home’ secured enough to give us peace and place to lay pour heard. In the same vein, a return journey always has home as its destination. Consequently, a place to stay and a place to return to is always a worry and concern to any journeyer.

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