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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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time_C
God allowed Israelites, His Chosen people to go through crucible of sufferings in Egypt and also in Babylonian exile as part of the discipline for their growth and maturity in faith. Today's first reading is the Trito-Isaiah's post exilic writing [538BC] aimed to console the returnees who were depressed upon seeing the ruinous state of Jerusalem and the abject poverty surrounding the country. However, the prophet foretold the future glory and restoration of Israel and the hope of being the citadel of divine knowledge from where every other nation will be reached. It will become the Sedes Sapientia' of the world at the time. There the pagans and hardened sinners will eventually come to accept the divine power of the Almighty God. The 2nd reading from letter to the Hebrews extorts that discipline is a sine qua non in Christian life. We are encouraged to endure hardship as part of Christian training thus we have to strive to enter by the narrow gate. It invariably means self-restraint and mortification and our victory and prize-winning is dependent on this training.'' All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful, yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness' Hebrew 12:11 Immanuel Kant the great rationalist philosopher says that 'man must be disciplined for he is by nature raw and wild'. 'Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid' Prov12:1 Those who abhor discipline from God will end up saying 'We ate and drank in your presence'. They would be like those in Jeremiah7:3 who trusted in the word: Hekel Yahweh, Hekel Yahweh Hekel Yahweh' [Temple of God, Temple of God..] which alone cannot save them unless they serve the Lord in Spirit and Truth.
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.