New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
917 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
Welcome to Igbo Catholic Community
26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME REFLECTION
The first ever recorded biblical prophetic anointed was overwhelming and so powerful that even the two men who stayed behind got the gift. Some people arrogated it to themselves the power to advise Moses to stop those two men. Their jealousy blinded their sense of appreciation and thankfulness that all they could think of was how to stop them. Moses smartly and strongly rebuked them and prayed that more people be given the gift of prophesy. The apostles reported to Jesus in the gospel how they tried to stop those performing miracles in His name. Jesus clearly taught them that the gift of performing miracles can be given to anyone God wishes to give such. As long as the people are working genuinely for God there is nothing wrong with it. Christianity is not the prerogative of 'select few'. What is more important is to avoid situations that could lead us to hell fire. We have to carefully remove any obstacle that might be blocking our way to make heaven. Cut it off. It might be your friend, family member, colleague, mate and even church member who is an obstacle and impediment to your making heaven. Prompt action demands cutting off those ties and people who want to lead us astray. The second reading speaks clearly of the fate of the rich who are caught up in their material possession. Any form of discrimination and racial profiling should be avoided. May God help us to keep working for the united Church and to be one family of love.
BY REV. FR. STEVE OSCAR OKEKE
Our mission is to establish a thriving Catholic ethnic community for the Igbo Diaspora in New York. We seek to build a community that galvanizes and serves as a rallying point, a fountain of hope, and a forum for the worship of Almighty God in Igbo language and in accordance with the Roman Catholic faith. We envision a community that preserves and perpetuates the Igbo culture, language, social values, charity, and our Roman Catholic heritage through evangelization, catechesis, Bible studies, and advancement of Catholic principles and ideals.