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
26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
LAZARUS AND THE RICH MAN
The story of Lazarus and Dives, the rich man is not something strange and new to us. Often times, people look at it as something that happened far away in a distance town and in ancient time but we have many Lazarus and Dives around us. We tend to ignore and look the other way when we see our neighbors go through hard times and needs some support from us. We become Dives due to our stingy and miserly attitude towards our siblings, friends and colleagues. We are too engrossed with feasting and gallivanting with our club members and those who are in our socialite life. Those who have all the fun in the world now should not expect to inherit the kingdom of heaven and continue their luxurious life style. People steal from others and extort them in other to enrich themselves and engage in merry making. The love of money is the root of all evils. (1Tim6:10) This is rightly so as we see people engage in fraud, do drugs and do dirty deals in order to become rich. If God bless us with wealth He expects us to use our wealth to serve others and help the many Lazarus around us. "Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need. The man to whom our Lord has been liberal ought not to be stingy. We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy as we ourselves have dispensed in this life." Saint Ignatius. May God help us to be willing to share our resources with those who come to us for help.
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.