Baptised and sent catechists

by Bp Jose Luis IMC

The diocesan commissioning of catechists is celebrated every year at the Cathedral during the month of February. This year was no exception. Even though it was a very hot day in Manzini, when I went into the church I found the place practically full with catechists coming from our 17 parishes.

As I was sharing with them during the homily, in this “extraordinary missionary year”, many might be wondering “where” and “to whom” God is calling them to go. Not them. They know. They have been called to be catechists and that is why they come together to be sent once again.

It is certainly a big challenge to accept to be a catechist as whoever sees them, sees our Church. It is to them that we entrust our children, young people and adults who prepare themselves to celebrate our sacraments. Continue reading “Baptised and sent catechists”

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A

by Fr D. Mazibuko osm

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1st Reading: Eccl 15:15-20
2nd Reading: I Cor 2:6-10
Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37

This Sunday both the first and gospel readings appeal to the will of every baptised person. Reflecting on both readings, it appears that God’s wisdom rests in the heart of every person. The power to make the right choice is not far from us, it is within our hearts. I have heard of the idiom ‘where there is a will there is a way’ and at times I thought it is just a cliché but reflecting on the readings I am convinced that indeed one needs to will to do good. The journey to overcoming temptation begins with exercising the God given power within us. Continue reading “Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A”

February 2020: ‘Hear the Cries of Migrants’

by Vatican News

Pope’s Prayer Intention February 2020: We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking, may be heard and considered.

In his prayer intention for the month of February 2020, Pope Francis calls the entire world to hear the cries of migrants, many of whom are victims of criminal human trafficking.

It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month. Continue reading “February 2020: ‘Hear the Cries of Migrants’”

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A

by Fr D. Mazibuko osm

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1st Reading: Isiah 58:7-10
2nd Reading: I Cor 2:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16

This Sunday the first reading and the gospel talk about the light. The reader and listener is invited to be the light. An invitation that presupposes that one has already moved out of darkness. The world today is need of witnesses of light. The world today needs men and women of integrity. This is an opportunity for us a Church to indeed be the light of Christ. Jesus himself in the gospel is succinct ‘you are the light of the world’. And so we cannot be in the middle, our mandate is for our light to shine forth. Continue reading “Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A”