Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A

by Fr D. Mazibuko OSM

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1st Reading: Isaiah 49:3-5, 6
2nd Reading: I Cor 1:1-3
Gospel: Jn 1:29-34

Last Sunday we heard how Jesus was proclaimed ‘the beloved Son’ soon after his Baptism at the river Jordan. In the gospel today he is called by John the Baptist ‘The Lamb of God’. Indeed we hear the same words ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’ at every Eucharistic celebration. In the first reading we hear of how Israel is referred to as’ you are my servant’ in whom I shall be glorified. As I reflect on this verse alone, I am convinced that each and every baptised person that is each one of us is ‘God’s servant’. God has a Mission for each one of us. Continue reading “Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A”

January 2020: Promotion of World Peace

by Pope Francis

Popes’s Prayer Intention: January 2020
Evangelization prayer intention: Promotion of World Peace

In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of goodwill, to reconciliation and fraternity.

Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good.

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world. Continue reading “January 2020: Promotion of World Peace”

Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord

by Fr. D. Mazibuko OSM

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1st Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7s
2nd Reading: Acts 10:34-38
Gospel: Matthew 3: 13-17

Once again this Sunday Mother Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord. As a church, we are once again given an opportunity to remember and celebrate a significant and defining moment in the life of the Lord. Just like it was a significant moment for Jesus, so it is for us today. This Feast is not just for Jesus alone, but it is our Feast too. In that spirit, today, we too remember, reflect and celebrate our own individual Baptisms. Continue reading “Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord”

Solemnity of Christmas

by Fr Dabulamanzi Ntshangase

Christmas: Mass during the day

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christmas. The prologue to the Gospel of John, today’s gospel reading, has two parts. The first part (1:1-11) speaks of the Word who is eternally present with God. He brings light and life to the world. Sadly, the world rejected the Word. However, in the second part (1:12-18) the response to Word seems to be positive. The word becomes one of us and lives among us. To those who accept him, he gives the power to become children of God. The Word is Jesus Christ. He is the Emmanuel, the God with us. He is the new born baby of whose birthday we celebrate today. It is my prayer that we do not reject him in our lives but rather welcome him to reign our hearts.
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