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
3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
WHEN THE MESSIAH COMES
In our frustration and desperation, we often mistake someone passing by to be the messiah. We are too impatient to wait for the time of the Lord and we end up going with the wrong crowd and leader. For the farmer to enjoy the fruits of his labors, he has to be patient and wait for the early and late rains that water the ground and help the seeds to sprout. James asks us to be patient with one another and wait on the day of the Lord. When the Lord comes, everything will definitely change and it will no longer be as in the past days of wickedness. He will come to recompense his people with abundant comforts for those who mourn in Zion. For sure, his vengeance will be upon those who work in powers of darkness and whose actions are covert. The Messiah will make the impossible possible and fill those without possessions with possessions. "I will open rivers on the bare heights and springs in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water and the dry land fountains of water." Is 41:18. In the gospel, He need make a case for himself because his actions and works were enough evidence and testimonies to His Messiahship. They should just go and tell John what they have seen and heard; the blind see, deaf hear, dumb speak and the lame run. (Is42:7) He make all things right. We might be in material desert and economic wilderness, we can still offer some holocaust to Him on this day of Harvest and Bazaar and be hopeful that He will fill us with abundance at His time of coming. God loves the cheerful giver who gives Him all he has.
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.