New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
917 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
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22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
PRIDE Vs HUMILITY
This theme is about vice and virtue. Its about up and down, ambition and service. Interestingly, these contraries have played a huge role in the making and unmaking of men down through the history of humanity. These are roads to our destination in life and hereafter. Lucifer, the once greatest and most beautiful angel fell because of sin of pride and ambition. (Non servien) Wisdom of our Igbo elders was clearly captured in the book of proverbs. "Ngala buru uzo, odida osote ya, maobu ekpete azu." (Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall, Prov16:18) "Humble yourselves before the lord and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)The first typifies the counsel of the elder and sage to his child and demonstrates the code of living that might lead him to success and peaceful life. God opposes the proud and shows favor to the humble. (James 4:6) You are either cold or hot, either humble or proud. A humble person values others and respects them."Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right."Ezra. T. Benson. (Phil 2:3) Jesus Christ himself taught us how to be humble as he emptied himself and took the form of a servant and died a shameful death on the cross. (Phil 2:7) In the gospel, he dramatically exhibited the fate of the proud who scrambled for the seat of honor on the last day when we approach Mount Zion. "The Lord Almighty planned it, to bring down her pride in all her splendor and to humble all who are renowned on the earth." (Is 23:9) a humble person will emulate Christ and probably appreciate these words:" I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that i have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps." Mahatma Gandhi. Our own great Thomas Merton opines: "Pride makes us artificial . Humility makes us real." Pray to be humble that you may be exalted but if you remain in your pride, you will definitely be brought low by the Lord.
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.