Reflection for the fourth Sunday of Easter – Year C

by Fr. Dumisani Vilakati

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First reading: Acts 13: 14, 43-52
Responsorial psalm:
 Psalm 100

Second reading: Revelation 7: 9, 14b-17
Gospel: John 10: 27-30

With the fourth Sunday of Easter we are invited to look upon Jesus as the Good Shepherd who gives us eternal life. Traditionally this Sunday is also dedicated to the prayer, care and support of vocations, especially to the ordained ministry and religious life.

The theme of a shepherd is quite present in Sacred Scripture. Moses and David, both prominent personalities in the Old Testament, were shepherds. Moses met God and received his vocation whilst looking after the flock of his father in law Jethro (Cf. Ex 3). David also received his vocation and anointing as king whilst he was busy looking after the flock of his father Jesse (1 Sam 16:11). In some societies being a shepherd does not carry much prestige as it is a “smelly” profession. Even for the ancient Egyptians it was simply an abomination to follow animals (Cf. Gen 46:34). It is worth recalling that being a shepherd requires a lot of commitment as animals need daily care. There is no holiday in this profession.
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May 2019: Mary and Women


Text: Luke 1, 46-55
Comment: The Hymn of Mary

After the Annunciation, Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth. The dialogue between the two women ends with the hymn of Mary, the Magnificat. Mary thinks of the annunciation. She had answered the angel that she is a humble servant. She combines all the aspects of fragility. She is a woman in the patriarchal Jewish society and in the Greco-Roman world where the slave is only an object. She is the daughter of a people crushed by the Romans.

Yet she does not despair but participates in the salvation and liberation of her people. As a disciple, she will be the sign of the newness of God. Mary evokes the upheaval of situations and values ​​that characterise the transition from the old to the new world. The intervention of God that began with the Annunciation will give priority to the humble and the crushed. Continue reading “May 2019: Mary and Women”

May 2019: The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity

by Philip Kosloski

Pope’s Prayer Intention: May 2019

In the final years of preparation before the year 2000, St. John Paul II addressed the Church in Africa in the document Ecclesia in Africa and urged them to remain rooted in hope amid such turmoil.

“I exhort all God’s People in Africa to accept with open hearts the message of hope…Despite the mainly negative picture which today characterizes numerous parts of Africa, and despite the sad situations being experienced in many countries, the Church has the duty to affirm vigorously that these difficulties can be overcome. She must strengthen in all Africans hope of genuine liberation. In the final analysis, this confidence is based on the Church’s awareness of God’s promise, which assures us that history is not closed in upon itself but is open to God’s Kingdom. Therefore, there is no justification for despair or pessimism when we think about the future of both Africa and any other part of the world.”

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Reflection for the third Sunday of Easter – Year C

by Fr Dumisani Vilakati

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First Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 30
Second Reading: Revelation 5:11-14
Gospel: John 21: 1-19

This Sunday we are reminded of what it means to live a truly Christian life in union with God. “It is more necessary to obey God than human beings”.

The first reading recalls the courage of the apostles who speak in the name of the Lord before the Council. This narration is placed in the same chapter with the deceit of Ananias and Sapphira, who, claiming to be Christian, withhold money from the sale of a property and subsequently merit severe punishment. We learn early on therefore that opposition to the Church’s missionary activity was both from within and without as seen in the behaviour of Ananias and Sapphira as well as the orders from the Council. All the apostles, as if singing, stand up and proclaim that it is necessary to obey God than human beings. We note that it is not just the apostles speaking here, but the Holy Spirit, who witnesses with them. Whoever obeys God more than human beings is in the same corner with God’s Holy Spirit.
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