Seventh Sunday of Easter – Year A

by Fr W. Nkomo

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First Reading Acts 1:12-14
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 27:1.4.7-8.
Second Reading 1 Peter 4:13-16
Gospel John 17:1-11

PRAYER Is the Ability To; See Your Struggles In The Light Of God’s Great Plan and Take Your Sufferings as an Opportunity to Identify with Jesus.

Today is the last Sunday of Easter, the special Sunday that falls between the Ascension and the Pentecost. On this Sunday we commemorate an important waiting: After the ascension the disciples waiting for the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. As we wait we are given the example of Jesus’ prayer; a prayer that he prayed to be heard by his Father and overhead by his apostles. Remember that this is a prayer that Jesus offers to God on the night before He died. Aware of his fate he prayed and in his prayer we realise that he sees his mission in the light of God’s great plan which is to save us. In his prayer he asks his Father to bestow eternal life on all who accept him. It is in the very same prayer that Jesus teaches us what eternal life is; to know God and Jesus Christ whom he sent. Three things are vitally important in the life of every Christian; knowing God and Jesus, prayerfully waiting for the fulfilment of his word and uniting ourselves with Christ at all times. Continue reading “Seventh Sunday of Easter – Year A”

The Ascension of the Lord – Year A

by Fr W. Nkomo

1st reading: Acts 1: 1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm
47: 2-3, 6-9

2nd reading: Ephesians 1: 17-23
Gospel: Matthew 28: 16-20

The Ascension of the Lord is the fulfilment of Christ’s work of salvation, that is, humanity now belongs entirely to God

The book of the Acts of the Apostles tells us that after Jesus had given them his last command “you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all in Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8) Jesus was taken up whilst they looked on. The Ascension of the Lord marks the fulfilment of salvation that started with the incarnation. That is God has found a place in humanity (Incarnation) and humanity has found a place in heaven (Ascension). Both the immortality of the soul and body is proclaimed here because as we will hear in the preface Jesus was never separated from our condition, but in his humanity he took each one of us with him into the intimacy with the Father thus revealed the final destination of our earthly pilgrimage.
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Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year A

by Fr W. Nkomo

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First Reading Acts 8: 5-8.14-17
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 66: 1-7.16.20
Second Reading 1 Peter 3: 15-18
Gospel John 14: 15-21

Jesus Assures Us That We Will Never Be Alone If We Remain In Love With Him.

Every time someone special, someone you care about, someone who brings meaning to your life leaves, you have no choice but feel the void that their departure brings in your life. People may depart from our lives for many different reasons; death, relocation, misunderstanding, breakups and growth. We have all experienced the struggle to adjust to life without them. Today our readings tell us that it is not the same with Jesus. He assures us that our relationship with him only has a beginning but knows no end and today he introduces us to our new family: The Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit; the Spirit of Truth and counsellor.
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Fifth Sunday of Easter – Year A

by Fr W. Nkomo

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1st Reading Acts 6: 1 – 7
Response. Psalm 33: 1-5. 18 – 19n
2nd Reading 1Peter 2: 4 – 9
Gospel John 14: 1 – 12

Jesus Heals The Bleeding Scars Of Our Faith No Matter How Often They Bleed.

Whenever someone new comes into our lives we cannot help but feel the anxiety of not knowing what change they will bring in our lives. Today Jesus guarantees us that an intimate relationship with him ensures us success regardless of the motives of those who come into our lives. Which means that everyone and everything that comes into our lives should pass through Christ first, because He is the Way, Truth and Life. Through him, we can do the same things he did for the people of his time.
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