Reflection for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary time – Year C

by Fr Joseph Mafola

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In today’s Gospel, Jesus sends seventy two disciples to go ahead of him in pairs to all the places He Himself was to visit. The seventy two came back rejoicing because even the devils submitted to them when they used Jesus’ name. The seventy two stand for us, the Christian community. We must be God’s messengers to everyone around us. The joy of the Christian life will increase within us to the extent to which we share our faith with others.

St Paul explains to us what it really means to be a Christian. He says to be a Christian means to have become altogether a new creature. On account of the life in the Spirit given to us in Baptism. A Christian maintains and increases the life in the Spirit within him/herself. To be a Christian means to belong to Christ. In his letter to the Galatians 6:17 St Paul says “the marks of my body are those of Jesus.”
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Reflection for the thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary time – Year C

by Fr J Mafola

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A reflection on the three readings reflects that being a follower of Christ demands a lot of effort and all other responsibilities have to take second place.

In the first reading Elisha who had been master until then, with money and possessions became now the servant of Elijah. He gave up the secure life of a rich farmer to start a prophetic life, a life full of risk and uncertainty.

Led by the spirit, Elisha broke with his past, his family and his possessions. Similarly those whom Christ specifically calls to follow him in the spreading of God’s kingdom must break away with sin and start leading a holy life. They must break away from their family and give themselves whole – heartedly to the service of the Christian community which has now become their new family.
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Reflection for Corpus Christi Sunday – Year C

by Fr Joseph Mafola

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Jesus welcomed the crowds, Jesus welcomes the Christian Community Sunday after Sunday as he kindly welcomed the crowds: we may absent ourselves or might arrive late at the service but Jesus is never absent. He precedes us all and welcomes us with open arms. This is what we call the table of the Word.

Jesus longs to heal our spiritual maladies as He healed the people listening to Him. He still invites us to repent from our sins, the beginning of the Eucharistic celebration. If we sincerely repent, we are sure of being forgiven. As he instructed the crowds about the kingdom of God he instructs us about the kingdom of God. Urging us to joyfully submit to God’s loving rule and he does this through the reading and explanation of the Word of God that precedes the celebration of the Eucharist.
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Reflection for Holy Trinity Sunday – Year C

by Fr Joseph Mafola

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1st Reading Proverbs: 8:22-31
Responsorial Psalm PS: 8:4-9
2nd Reading Romans: 5:1-5
Gospel John: 16: 12-15

At baptism God brought us into his own family. We must therefore come to know the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the members of that wonderful family to which we belong. Through the Holy Spirit we go on discovering God’s love, wisdom and power day to day, and our hearts are filled with joy at every step in our life.

Human terms fail to express the wonderful life that goes on between the three divine persons. God has willed us to share in that life. We started sharing it at baptism, when Jesus communicated to us the Holy Spirit just as he had sent Him on the apostles on Pentecost day. While in this world we partially share in God’s life: the work of the Spirit within us is to render us fit to share in full that life on reaching heaven.
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