Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter Year – C

by Fr. Dumisani Vilakati

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First reading Acts 14: 21-27
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 145
Second reading Revelation 21: 1-5a
Gospel John 13:31-33a, 34-35

This Sunday we are encouraged to remain in the faith by following the commandment of love so that we may receive the glory promised to us and thus be admitted into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The first reading recalls the successful missionary activity among the Gentiles. With success temptations also abound as both Paul and Barnabas are treated as gods by the people of Lycaonia and Paul enduring stoning by the Jews. From both Paul and Barnabas we learn, as the saying goes, that “when God begins blessing you, watch your ego”. In other words remain humble and give praise to God.
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Violence against migrants

by +Buti Tlhagale o.m.i.

Nelson Mandela’s oath

When South Africans hurl insults and inflict violence on migrants, when they strip migrants of their belongings and set alight their businesses, they recklessly go against the solemn oath of Nelson Mandela, the revered father of the post-apartheid South Africa. Nelson Mandela made an oath that never again shall a human being be oppressed by another human being. This oath was proclaimed by Mandela on behalf of the New South African nation. He and many other leaders paid dearly. They sacrificed their lives so that South Africans might embrace freedom and walk tall among the nations. Mandela is an iconic symbol of peace. This symbol is inextricably associated with the nation of South Africa. He was the incarnation of the hope that South Africans would triumph against all the odds. Inflicting pain on migrants and refugees is a tragic betrayal of the sacred oath he made on behalf of the people of South Africa. He bequeathed South Africans the values of human dignity, reconciliation, peace, freedom and hospitality. It is hardly 25 years since his death, yet South Africans already trample his legacy underfoot and make a spectacle of themselves. The on-looking nations are no longer impressed. Continue reading “Violence against migrants”

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”