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
1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
Whenever this song is being sung, voices rise up and rent the air with this beautiful song and the lyrics are so affirmative of our readiness to await the coming of the song. You know the song I am talking about: “Will you be ready when the lord shall come? Oh Yes, I will be ready, I will be ready, I will be ready when the lord shall come.” Like Peter, thrice we affirmed and reiterated our willingness to be ready when the lord shall come. Theory and practice do not always agree because we might say that we are ready while in reality we are anything near readiness. The surprising part is that He will come like a thief in any unexpected fashion and style that might find us dumbfounded and running helter skelter. We are often too busy acquiring and building castles on earth, too busy partying and having fun, eating and drinking, too busy working and investing with little or no time to be ready for the lord. We might be caught unawares by his arrival just as people who die during wars, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding and accidents. Therefore, keep watch because you do not know the time or the hour He is coming, (Mtt. 25:13) Luke admonished that we pray so that we may have the strength to escape all these things that are about to take place and to stand before the Son of Man (Lk. 21: 36) It pays to be spiritually prepared and ever ready for the coming of the Lord. Advent offers us such ample opportunities for preparation for his coming. The truth is that those who wait for the Lord will gain strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weary. (Is 40:31). Have time to prepare for the coming of the Lord so that when He comes He might find you ready and willing to go with Him.
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.