Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ – Year A

by Fr F. Onyango IMC

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Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
John 6:51-58

Theme: The Lord who feeds us!

Today we are called to a deeper appreciation of the Holy Eucharist which is the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. In the first reading we see how God fed his people in the wilderness with manna from heaven. St Paul poses a question to us in the second reading: ‘the cup of blessing which we bless is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?’ Jesus tells us today that he is the living bread which came down from heaven and that whoever eats this bread will live forever.
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Feast of the Most Holy Trinity – Year A

by Fr F. Onyango IMC

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Exodus 34:4-6, 8-8
Psalm Daniel 3:52-56
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
John 3:16-18

Theme: God is Love!

Today we celebrate the feast of God himself: the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. We have been taught and we know that we worship one God in three persons and we acknowledge this whenever we begin our prayers, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. When we recite the Creed we also profess our belief in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; we do the same when we pray the glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit and indeed most of our prayers end in the same way: through Jesus Christ your son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you (The Father) in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen! Our second reading today also ends in the same way: the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all! So who is God and how can he be one in three persons?
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Pentecost Sunday – Year A

by Fr F. Onyango IMC

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Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 103:1, 24, 29-31, 34
1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12 -13
John 20:19-23

Theme: Receive the Holy Spirit!

We all love gifts because gifts make us feel special, appreciated and loved; gifts make us realise that someone is thinking about us and actually cares about us and whenever we celebrate birthdays or anniversaries we always look forward to receiving gifts to make the day memorable. In the gifts lie the well wishes from others; they are an expression of love and affection and every time we see them, we remember those who gave them to us. Pentecost marks the birth of the church; the actual beginning of the church’s missionary endeavour and so today we celebrate the birthday of the church. For this birthday God has chosen to send to us the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit! Every time the Lord makes a promise, he fulfils it and as he promised his apostles that he won’t leave them like orphans, that he will send them another advocate – the spirit of truth, so today he fulfils that promise by sending us the Paraclete! With this, Christ has filled and equipped his church with the power of his Spirit and sent us into the world to bring peace, unity, joy, forgiveness, love and eternal life to all mankind.
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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”