Igbo Catholic Community
New York  @ Angela Merici  Catholic Church
917 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451
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Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
Welcome to Igbo Catholic Community

29TH SUNDAY_A

PRIORITY OF THE WORK OF GOD

We are given to the fact that non-Christians or non-believers are viewed as doomed for life but we forget that God can make the impossible possible. Only Him can transform a hardened criminal into becoming an apostle. He can call someone from other religion to become a special instrument of evangelization. The pagan king Cyprus is a typical example of how God can use even non-believers to achieve His Holy Desire and Will. King Cyprus, upon this revelation and encounter, engaged in the restoration, rebuilding of the Temple and the godly life of the people of Israel. St Paul who was once a persecutor of Christians after his radical conversion and transformation became a special envoy and apostle to the Gentiles. In the gospel, Jesus Christ sternly condemned any kind of compromise and religious syncretism. People often misquote this gospel passage as an excuse for religious and political pollution. Rather, the Lord would prefer that the political and mundane world should stand on its own without any ungodly mixture with religious beliefs. He would prefer a situation one can leave the old corrupt life and come out clean in order to embrace a new life in Christ. We should not confuse partisan politics with religious politics. Respect should be given to the political authorities in as much as we wouldn't want to corrupt the church with partisan politics.

We are given to the fact that non-Christians or non-believers are viewed as doomed for life but we forget that God can make the impossible possible. Only Him can transform a hardened criminal into becoming an apostle. He can call someone from other religion to become a special instrument of evangelization. The pagan king Cyprus is a typical example of how God can use even non-believers to achieve His Holy Desire and Will. King Cyprus, upon this revelation and encounter, engaged in the restoration, rebuilding of the Temple and the godly life of the people of Israel. St Paul who was once a persecutor of Christians after his radical conversion and transformation became a special envoy and apostle to the Gentiles. In the gospel, Jesus Christ sternly condemned any kind of compromise and religious syncretism. People often misquote this gospel passage as an excuse for religious and political pollution. Rather, the Lord would prefer that the political and mundane world should stand on its own without any ungodly mixture with religious beliefs. He would prefer a situation one can leave the old corrupt life and come out clean in order to embrace a new life in Christ. We should not confuse partisan politics with religious politics. Respect should be given to the political authorities in as much as we wouldn't want to corrupt the church with partisan politics.


BY REV. FR. STEVE OSCAR OKEKE
Mission

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.