Reflection for Holy Trinity Sunday – Year C

by Fr Joseph Mafola

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1st Reading Proverbs: 8:22-31
Responsorial Psalm PS: 8:4-9
2nd Reading Romans: 5:1-5
Gospel John: 16: 12-15

At baptism God brought us into his own family. We must therefore come to know the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the members of that wonderful family to which we belong. Through the Holy Spirit we go on discovering God’s love, wisdom and power day to day, and our hearts are filled with joy at every step in our life.

Human terms fail to express the wonderful life that goes on between the three divine persons. God has willed us to share in that life. We started sharing it at baptism, when Jesus communicated to us the Holy Spirit just as he had sent Him on the apostles on Pentecost day. While in this world we partially share in God’s life: the work of the Spirit within us is to render us fit to share in full that life on reaching heaven.
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“Nangu umpristi wenu omusha sha!’’

By Vusizwe Motsa

It has been a while since the Catholic Church in Eswatini received the gift of a new priest. It is always a jubilant and extraordinary celebration when this happens. On Saturday, 8th June 2019, it was not different. His Lordship, Bishop Jose Luis Gerardo Ponce de Leon IMC ordained Dabulamanzi Ntshangase to the priesthood at the Cathedral in Manzini. Hundreds of people from all over the diocese and neighbouring country South Africa came to witness this celebration.

Even before 10am, the Cathedral was already packed to the rafters. Throngs of people were already inside when the Bishop, the clergy, seminarians and altar servers made their procession inside while the Choir rendered entrance hymns. The candidate’s (Dabulamanzi) parents, other family members and friends were among those present. Continue reading ““Nangu umpristi wenu omusha sha!’’”

June 2019: The Priests’ way of life

by Fr. Andrij M. Hlabse, SJ

Catholic priest on altar praying with hands joined during mass service in church

Pope’s prayer intention: June 2019 That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.

Jesus institutes the Sacrament of Priesthood at the Last Supper, when He gave His Body and Blood to His Apostles. Every Catholic priest looks on this moment as the foundation of that ministry in which he has a share. Jesus very consciously chose to make clear this institution’s inner meaning by performing an extraordinary act of humility and love at that same meal. Jesus washed the Apostles’ feet. Continue reading “June 2019: The Priests’ way of life”

Reflection for Pentecost Sunday – Year C

by Fr. Dumisani Vilakati

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First reading: Acts 2:1-11
Responsorial: psalm Psalm 104
Second reading: Romans 8:8-17
Gospel: John 14:15-16, 23b-26

On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the disciples as well as the “birthday” of the new community of God’s people, the Church. Among the gifts of the Holy Spirit can be counted the following: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22-23). If we practise these things we will be on the sure path of righteousness.
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