Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A

by Fr D. Mazibuko OSM
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1st reading: Isaiah 8:23-9:3
2nd reading: I Cor 1:10-13.17
Gospel: Matt 4:12-23

We conclude this month with the Sunday of the Word of God as decreed by Pope Francis in the Apostolic Letter Aperuit Illis. The Holy Father implores and encourages all Christians to give themselves a moment to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in the dialogue between the
Lord and his people as contained in Sacred Scripture. We want to ponder on the Word and its riches for our souls.

The Word of God is a major pillar for our discipleship, for through the proclamation of the word, we hear God speaking to us through the Sacred Scriptures. We hear of His closeness to our plight. And so this Sunday we give thanks to God for the Word and his presence in the Word.
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Why do Catholics venerate relics?

by Fr W. Nkomo

With the relics of St Pope John Paul II on pilgrimage to places that have a link to him, seeing that our diocese in particular is one of them, I found it important to clarify some important elements on the tradition of relics.

What is a relic?

According to the Catholic encyclopedia “a relic is some object, notably part of the body or clothes, remaining as a memorial of a departed saint.” That is, physical objects that have a direct association with the saints or with Our Lord. They are usually broken down into three classes: 
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Deaf Youth Camp at Bosco

by Fr Mark James OP

Three members of the Catholic Deaf Community in the diocese of Manzini travelled with Fr Mark James and Sibusiso Zulu to attend a leadership conference at the Bosco Youth Centre near Johannesburg from 10-13 December 2109. Khetsiwe Mkhatjwa, Nqobile Mkhonta and Bhekisisa Dlamini were part of a group of twelve young people at the course. The others came from South Africa and Lesotho. The meeting was facilitated by Mokene Matsau, a Deaf youth leader studying at the National Teachers’ Training College (NTTC) in Lesotho, and Carmen Kuscus, a Deaf youth trainer from the Deaf Community of Cape Town (DCCT).
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Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A

by Fr D. Mazibuko OSM

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1st Reading: Isaiah 49:3-5, 6
2nd Reading: I Cor 1:1-3
Gospel: Jn 1:29-34

Last Sunday we heard how Jesus was proclaimed ‘the beloved Son’ soon after his Baptism at the river Jordan. In the gospel today he is called by John the Baptist ‘The Lamb of God’. Indeed we hear the same words ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’ at every Eucharistic celebration. In the first reading we hear of how Israel is referred to as’ you are my servant’ in whom I shall be glorified. As I reflect on this verse alone, I am convinced that each and every baptised person that is each one of us is ‘God’s servant’. God has a Mission for each one of us. Continue reading “Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A”