Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary time – Year A

by Fr N. Vilakati

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For the umpteenth time, may we please “Look to the Heavens”

One of the greatest tragedies of our times, knowingly and unknowingly has been playing a God. Do we actually confess this? Yes or no? Well the answer is always in the palm of our hands. We have become so pre-occupied with our earthly gains, and sometimes of our intellectual abilities. We tend to focus at the me, as the end product of all, and putting the real God aside. We become masters of our destinies and cast aside the idea of God. Probably it is time we stepped into the black night. We do self-emptiness, the kenosis so we could find out who we are, and that we cannot be God. For the God that we have is only One, and He is in Heaven. Probably this would be a great time we give Him all the praise He deserves. The One who mesmerises us by the hum of whirling galaxies, and the orderliness of the universe, surely He deserves His place of honour.
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Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary time – Year A

by Fr Onyango IMC
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2 Kings 4:8-11,13-16
Psalm 89:2-3,16-17,18-19
Romans 6:3-4,8-11
Matthew 10:37-42

Theme: The Cost of Discipleship!

In the gospel today Jesus teaches us about the cost of discipleship; the Lord did not lie to his disciples that following him would be easy; he did not sweet talk them so as to lure them to himself; he told them the truth from the onset and left it to them to make a choice either to follow him or to walk away. It was a choice they had to personally make after they had known what to expect. In the gospel, he mentions some of his expectations of those who would like to follow him. He says: ‘He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me – he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me – he who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it!’
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ECCW in solidarity with Refugees

by Doris Makhubu

The Eswatini Council of Catholic Women (ECCW) went to handover a donation to the Refugee Reception Camp (Malindza) on June 17, 2020. Their main focus was hygiene so their donation included mostly sanitary pads and soap, among other things. Below is the speech of the Chairperson Make Doris Makhubu.

AVE MARIA!

Your Lordship, the Most Reverend Jose Ponce de Leon, Bishop of Manzini; Rev. Fr Mabuza under whose jurisdiction this Refugee Reception Camp falls, we thank you for shepherding us at this difficult time in the history of not only the church but the whole world. We thank Caritas for coordinating this meeting today under the prevailing Covid-19 conditions. We also thank the commissioner for allowing us to lend a hand in providing for the basic hygiene needs of our brothers and sisters. We are not going to distribute to families as has been the norm but trust the Commissioner’s office to do that. Continue reading “ECCW in solidarity with Refugees”

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary time – Year A

by Fr Onyango IMC

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Jeremiah 20:10-13
Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
Romans 5:12-15
Matthew 10:26-33

Theme: Do not be Afraid!

The world we live in is very cruel especially to those who stand for truth and justice. As Christians this is our call and Jesus already warned us when he said that: ‘In the world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world!’ Today, a day hardly passes without hearing news of terror; there are threats everywhere, threats that make life difficult for us like the daily persecutions, sin and death. This is what causes great fear for many. But Jesus still calls us to take up our crosses and follow him. In the first reading we hear of the deadly plot against prophet Jeremiah: ‘I hear many whispering. Terror is on every side! Denounce him! Let us denounce him! Jeremiah’s friends are busy plotting for his fall. Jeremiah’s confidence comes from his trust in God’s presence; he knows that God is on his side and will not disappoint him.
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