New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
Welcome to Igbo Catholic Community
3RD SUNDAY OF LENT (B)_JEALOUSY OF GOD
We are familiar with the Nigerian lyric that says "Jealousy is the root of hatred" and we hear and read of stories where jealousy has led to deaths and traumatic experiences. A man has right to be jealous if he finds his wife flirting with another person because that is his wife and the same applies to a woman who finds her husband doing same. But, is it okay for you to be jealous of your brother, friend, colleague or neighbor who has a new car, a new house, etc that you don't have? Emphatically NO! This is where jealousy becomes a vice and sinful and it turns to envy. God is a jealous God and it is appropriately Right for Him to be a jealous God. He just gave His people, the decalogue and warned them not to give His dues and rights to mere idols. It is His exclusive right to be worshipped, praised, adored and honored. He said over and over that He is a jealous God (Ezk23:25, Deut4:24, Joshua 24:19 & Ex34:14) St . Paul rightly says "I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy.." 2Cor.11:2. It is the same jealousy and zeal that make Christ overturned the tables of those who abuse the house of God. We like the early apostles have to be consumed in the same jealousy when it comes to the things of God and defend our faith even when it is a ridicule to the Jews and an obstacle to the Greeks even to our host country and neighbors. " Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy while the other does not allow his neighbor to have them through envy" Aristotle.
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.