New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
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5TH SUNDAY OF LENT (B)_NEW CONVENANT
In this age and time, we find people entering into a new marriage contract with their new spouses even when their first partners are still alive. Some get civil divorce and jump into living together and some do not even care to get nullity from the church. In their minds, the old marriage is completely over and they wanna move on with their lives. But are they really done with their old partners? Sometimes, child support brings them together and most of the times, the kids they have together keep them in constant communication with each other. Well, this not the case with our marriage and covenant with the lord. God made the first covenant with Abraham our father in faith sealed with the blood of animal and gave us the Mosaic laws at Mount Sinai. The plan was to bring the people Israel to the Promised Land when He eventually did. The infidelity of the people to the covenant oaths rendered it ineffective and obsolete. Jeremiah prophesies about the new covenant where the laws will be written in the hearts of the people and be put in their minds. (Hebr8:10). Paul strongly talked about the old covenant "he has made the first one obsolete and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear."(Hebr8:13) It was in this covenant that He has made us competent as ministers of the new covenant (2Cor3:6) and the "new creation has come, the old has gone, the new is here"(2Cor5:17). Instituting the new covenant at the Last Supper, Jesus said" This cup is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you" (Luke22:20) That covenant was sealed with the blood of Jesus upon the cross and thus He said: When I am lifted up, i will draw all men to myself" . Now is the hour to glory the lord, now is the hour to worship the lord, now is the hour to sanctify ourselves, now is the hour to free ourselves and receive blessings of forgiveness. Now is the hour to live up to the new covenant expectation and remain faithful for God to be our God. The land of Canaan was only a temporal place of happiness, our Promised Land is in Heaven and we can only enter into it by keeping the covenant oath faithfully.
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.