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
4TH SUNDAY OF LENT(A)
APPEARANCE AND HOW WE JUDGE
Often times, we are beclouded by the appearance of things that we end up not digging deep to know the true reality of things. The problem is that we are too quick to make conclusions and pronounce premature judgment. We use our own binoculars to look at things and end up in subjective perception of things. God just faulted us with the choice of David as the 'chosen one' to be 'anointed.' Our poor judgment did not take us that far. Think of how many times we have made rash and unfair judgment and pronouncements on people yet we have not learnt our lessons. God clearly stated that 'for your thoughts are not my thoughts and your ways are not my ways" Isaiah 55:9 The gospel story brings us yet again to the reality of our artificial and surface perception of reality. Just because someone is born blind, we can make assumptions and assertions that it must be caused by sin of the person, parents or family members. Who among us is without sin? How can we begin to make such assumptions? Does it mean that every sickness, deaths, setbacks, problems are as a result of our sins? They might be some truth in this but we leave that to God himself. At least, Christ made it clear that this particular blindness is not caused by personal sin. May God heal our blindness and open our spiritual eyes to see the true reality of things and avoid looking at appearance all the time.
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.