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13/10/2023

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We are fond of feasting. As the give way to the dry season, many festivals are celebrated in our towns and villages. These include “ -die” (death/Funeral memorial celebrations), Family meetings, End of Year Parties, Weddings etc. These will culminate in the Christmas and New Year celebrations. What makes a successful feast is in the diversity and quantity of food and drinks. We thus understand the scenario of the readings of today centred on food and party. The Bible is so full of the imagery of meal and feasts ( cf. Luke 12:36, John 2:8-9, Revelation 19:9, Mark 6:21, etc). Jesus went to parties and his friends even called him “A glutton and wine drinker” (Mt 11, 19). Parties are very joyful occasions and no one goes to the party with tears.
In the Gospel, Jesus reminds his Jewish audience that when the messiah comes, they will enjoy a first class party. Jesus compares living in His company to the equivalent of a party. This means that the Church should be a happy place. Joy and gladness are the very heart of the Christian message. The word Gospel itself means glad tidings or good news. So it would appear to be reasonable to expect that this joy and equanimity of spirit should be reflected in our Christian response to life’s situations. Saint Therese once commented that “in heaven there will be no more looks of indifference”, it will be a joyful look. Early martyrs astonished the Roman spectators by singing hymns of praise and joy as they awaited ex*****on. Early Christians thus were called hilares. That is the Latin adjective from which the word hilarious comes. They possessed a “certain holy hilarity”.
Let us reflect on the nature of our Parties: Are they places of a “holy hilarity” or Holy Joy? What is at the centre of our parties? At times even in Religious Festivals, we get into excess drinking and eating and latter on in a drunken state we commit sin. Our “Joy” therefore turns into Sin. Fr. James Gilhooley insists on the importance of Joy in the presence of the Lord and the authentic way of finding this joy lies a deep meditation of the very word JOY : J : place Jesus First, O: Place others second, Y: Place yourself last. Anytime we are in a party and the Joy is not a holy one, then Christ is not at the Centre. If being a disciple of Christ has not brought joy and serenity to me, I cannot expect the message I bring to others to be effective.
The Eucharist is the greatest festival in which the Lord Invites us : “Blessed are those who are invited to the supper of the lamb”. It is offered for us free of Charge. Some of us do not bother when we do not receive Communion in Church. We are like those invited who refuse to come. Although everyone is invited, there is a dressing code! Saint Paul repeatedly speaks about “putting on Christ”, clothing yourself in him. This has to do with clothing your heart and soul with Christ’s attitudes toward others, with His ways of treating others. It also entails clothing yourself with His respect for them, because they are God’s children too. It means wrapping yourself up in Christ’s Holy Spirit. Putting on the feasting habit entails accepting the Love and the joy of Jesus.
In a nutshell, we are invited to Christ’s party. We must clothe ourselves with “Holy Joy” to participate in this great banquet.

19/08/2023

N'abandonnez jamais – rechargez : Vingtième dimanche du temps ordinaire Année A
L'Évangile d'aujourd'hui nous enseigne le pouvoir de la prière persistante et nous encourage à ne jamais abandonner. Certains disent que c'est ce qu'on appelle la formule PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens). Dieu est toujours prêt à répondre. Il ne s'agit pas de pousser Dieu, mais de se pousser soi-même en Dieu. Cela ne nous donne pas le droit de traiter Dieu comme une de ces pilules rapides qui soulagent la douleur. Il ne s'agit pas de demander pour le plaisir de demander, mais de faire preuve d'une foi héroïque.
L'Évangile se situe dans le district de Tyr et Sidon et nous montre comment une femme cananéenne, malgré toutes les barrières qui pouvaient l'empêcher d'obtenir une faveur d'un "Juif", a pu demander sans renoncer. Marc indique en Mc 7,24-30 qu'il s'agissait d'une . Cela s'explique par le fait que ces deux villes se trouvaient en . fait référence à la femme comme étant une Cananéenne parce que la Genèse 10:15 présente Sidon comme le fils premier-né de Canaan.
Il y avait tellement de raisons pour que cette femme reçoive une réponse négative à son appel :
1. Elle était une étrangère, pas une adepte de Jésus et même pas une juive.
2. Elle était une femme et nous connaissons l'attitude des Juifs envers les femmes.
3. Elle a même été "insultée" et comparée à un petit chien qui ne peut pas bénéficier de la nourriture de la table du Maître.
Cependant, la femme n'a jamais abandonné, elle a renforcé sa foi en allant vers Jésus. Elle a fait le pas vers Jésus et a imploré sa miséricorde. En effet, elle a surmonté ses obstacles avec courage et foi, et son esprit était concentré sur le fait de tendre la main à Jésus. Elle a persévéré et s'est humiliée devant Jésus, après quoi sa fille a été guérie. La femme signifie "âmes repentantes". Incapables de se vanter, les pécheurs contrits s'appuient entièrement sur la miséricorde de Dieu ; ils reconnaissent leur faiblesse devant Dieu et ne peuvent que demander des bénédictions, incapables d'exiger de Dieu des dons qu'il accorde gratuitement. Seuls les humbles et ceux qui ont la foi sont récompensés par la guérison spirituelle. (cf. Bible d'étude catholique Ignatius).
Le fait d'être étranger ne doit pas nous empêcher d'avoir les faveurs de Dieu. C'est pourquoi la première lecture nous fait comprendre que "Les étrangers qui se sont attachés au Seigneur pour le servir, aimer son nom et être ses serviteurs - tous ceux qui observent le sabbat, sans le profaner, et s'attachent à mon alliance - ceux-là, je les amènerai sur ma montagne sainte. Je les rendrai joyeux dans ma maison de prière".
Le Seigneur est prêt à nous aider malgré nos conditions. Nous avons tous nos propres problèmes que nous portons dans nos cœurs et nous avons sûrement apporté ces problèmes à Jésus. Ne nous décourageons pas si nous n'avons pas encore reçu de réponse de Jésus. Continuons à persister, continuons à nous humilier devant Lui et à implorer inlassablement Sa direction et Son aide.
La femme n'a jamais abandonné jusqu'à ce qu'elle obtienne de Jésus ce qu'elle voulait. Nous aussi, nous ne devons jamais abandonner, nous devons continuer à harceler Jésus avec nos prières humbles et persistantes. Souvent, nous n'obtenons pas ce que nous voulons de Jésus parce que nous abandonnons facilement. Il en va de même pour nos ambitions dans la vie : nous n'abandonnons pas facilement.

02/04/2023

Domingo, 2 de Abril de 2023.
Domingo de Ramos de la Pasión del Señor, A
Tema: "Hosanna" ... "crucifícalo".
El Domingo de Ramos, el sexto domingo de Cuaresma, se conmemora la entrada triunfal de Jesús en Jerusalén como se registra en los cuatro Evangelios. Es la gran puerta que conduce a la Semana Santa cuando el Señor Jesús se dirige hacia la culminación de su existencia terrena.
El Domingo de Ramos comienza la Pasión de Cristo o Semana Santa. También se llama Domingo de Pasión. En algunos casos se conoce como Domingo de Ramos de la Pasión del Señor. Las principales ceremonias del día son la bendición de las palmas, la procesión, la misa y el canto de la Pasión.
Las palabras gemelas "Hosanna" y "crucifícalo" representan el decoro de la liturgia de hoy. Los Evangelios, nos hacen comprender que Jesús había partido hacia Jerusalén en compañía de los Doce, y que poco a poco una multitud creciente de peregrinos se unió a ellos. Jesús montado en un pollino cumpliendo la profecía de Zacarías: "¡Alégrate mucho, hija de Sión! ¡Grita, hija de Jerusalén! He aquí, tu Rey viene a ti; Él es justo y salvador, humilde y viene montado en un, un b***o, “(Zacarías 9: 9). La "gran multitud" que seguía a Jesús extendió sus ropas en el camino; otros cortaban ramas de árboles y las tendían por el camino. Los que iban al frente y los que les seguían gritaban: "¡Hosanna! ¡Bendiciones para el que viene en el nombre del Señor! ¡Bendiciones sobre el reino venidero de nuestro padre David! ¡Hosanna en los cielos más altos!"
La alegre multitud y sus expectativas conducirían a la decepción. Cinco días después, "¡Hosanna!" se convertirá en "¡Crucifícalo!" (Mateo 27:22-23). ¡Por lo tanto, hay una paradoja flagrante entodas las canciones triunfantes! Las personas que celebraron la entrada triunfal de Jesús en Jerusalén a lomos de un b***o lo abandonan durante su dolorosa salida llevando una cruz en su espalda. Estas mismas personas, que hoy aclaman a Jesús como su Rey, pronto clamarían por su crucifixión.
Es cierto que la distancia del evento hace que fusionemos las dos multitudes en una sola y asumamos que fueron las mismas personas que gritaron: "Hosanna" las que también gritaron "crucifícalo". Uno puede hacer una diferencia entre los dos grupos o dos tendencias en la multitud. Fueron los galileos jubilosos que gritaron: "Hosanna", y los ingratos aristocráticos y superficialmente religiosos de Jerusalén que querían apaciguar a los romanos que gritaban: "Crucifícalo". Podemos ver a los fariseos y otros líderes religiosos hipócritas a quienes Jesús no escatimó palabras atacando en este último grupo.
También está claro que algunos estaban desempeñando el papel de una espada de doble filo. Podemos identificarnos con las dos multitudes. Por un lado, gritamos "¡Hosanna!" y, por otro lado, nuestros pensamientos y acciones, muestran que en realidad estamos gritando: "¡Crucifícalo!" Hoy es el día en que debemos preguntarnos si la forma en que vivimos nuestra vida le dice al mundo: "¡Hosanna!" o dice: "¡Crucifícalo!"
Mientras que Dios nos dio a Su único Hijo por amor, nosotros se lo devolvimos con nuestro grito de "¡Crucifícalo!" a través de nuestros muchos pecados y falta de obediencia. Debemos aprender a permanecer firmes con Jes��s. ¡Que cada fibra de nuestro ser grite Hosanna! ¡Bienaventurado el que viene en el nombre del Señor! ¡Bendito sea el reino venidero de nuestro antepasado David! ¡Hosanna en el cielo! ¡Hosana en lo más alto!
“En el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espiritu Santo”. Amen!

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Homily of the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B

Homily of the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary time
Jesus is our Divine healer
In the Gospel presented today he heals Simon's mother-in-law of a fever. He heals people with all sorts of illnesses including possession which refers both to diabolic possession and psychological, or psychiatric illnesses. Jesus heals so many people that he has to find a solitary place in the desert for a few moments of union with his Father. But even then, Simon Peter and the others find him and make him go back to work.
Simon's house also turns out to be a place of healing for many other persons. This passage teaches us some lessons: that we have a duty to present all those who are sick or suffering one problem or the other to God in prayers; we also learn that no one-believer or non-believer is immuned from life's many problems. All men are prone to the sharpest of afflictions, one time or another. The good news is that Jesus is there to heal us.
Jesus heals. He heals the pain not just of the people of the past, but the pain of the people of today. Some receive physical healing immediately. Others receive healing in stages. Some receive a clear miracle. Others who have dedicated their lives to continuing the healing ministry of the Lord, have developed their own skills and intelligent to be vehicles of the Lord's healing. The union with the Divine Healer is the reason why our doctors, and our nurses, and all care givers deserve our respect.
All who call out to the Lord are healed. Some are healed physically. Some are healed emotionally, able to accept their condition in life. We need to call upon the name of Jesus. All those who called upon Him for healing in the Bible did receive it. Jesus himself is a great healer and physician. Believers have a great tool for healing: THE NAME OF JESUS. The name of the Lord Jesus Christ heals. We must be able to invoke this name for our healing because it is so powerful.
Ananias also used this powerful name to heal Paul (Acts 9:34): “...Jesus Christ heals you.” After his healing, Paul became a chosen instrument that will bear the Name of Jesus to the Gentiles (Acts 9:10-19). In the 15th verse of the same chapter it is more clearly stated: “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
Jesus is our Divine healer. He can heal everyone, even you! Doctors may have said that you can never be healed! Why not call upon the name of Jesus?
Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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28/01/2018

Homily of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time; B

28th January 2018, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary time
The Authority in the name of Jesus

Jesus spoke with authority. He was not like the scribes and pharisees. A statement carries authority according to two aspects: who is speaking and what is being said. Jesus had both. Jesus spoke with authority. What He said was true. He also had authority because of Who He was. He was the Son of God, the Messiah of God, and the Eternal One who became man on Christmas. He said, “Love your enemies. Be kind to one another.” On the cross he called to his Father for forgiveness for those who tortured and killed him. He himself was a kind, loving person. He spoke about God's kingdom and lived as the ideal member of that kingdom.

Jesus always acted with Authority. He was very direct and truthful in his dealings and in his teachings. He was not two faced. He was not hypocritical. He didn't have a dark side of his life that he kept hidden. He didn't just speak the truth, He was the Truth Incarnate. Jesus gave orders to unclean spirits, and they obeyed him. It wasn't the words that kicked the devil out, it was the person who spoke those words. . He reveals to us that his word releases us from the false human and petty interpretations of the law imposed by our torturers. He comes to liberate men from evil and all forms of malignant attachments. We are thus invited by Christ to put our confidence in him because he is the Holy One of God.

Invoking the name of the Lord in our lives, we are being vested with the authority in the name. Even during his lifetime, the disciples would often invoke the name of Jesus on their missionary journey and the devil would fall. The joy that filled the disciples was that “Even the demons obeyed us when we called on your name” (Luke 10:17). This is because they worked with authority and came before their enemies in the name of the Lord.

The devil fears this name because of the Authority it carries. Many preachers will attest that all believers have authority over all the works of the devil through the name of Jesus. This is true because even Mark 16:17 insists thus: “Signs like these will accompany those who have believed: in my Name they will cast out demons...” What is the implication of this? Devils are subject to believers through the name of Jesus. When the name of Jesus is mentioned evil spirits flee. The devil obeys commands of believers in the name of Jesus. In his Letter to the Philippians Saint Paul presents to us this name as the name above all others, and also outshines all other names (Philippians 2:9-11).

Let us not fail to invoke the name of Jesus in all our difficulties, fears and worries. We pray that Christ may continue to vest us with this authority.

Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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20/01/2018

Homily of the Third Sunday in Ordinary time Year B

21st January 2018, Third Sunday in Ordinary time Year B
The Call for Change and Repentance

The call to repentance cuts through many pages of the Sacred Scriptures. It is necessary that we understand the cry of God who invites us to conversion and to be His disciples. Our world, following the example of Nineveh, is in full development of diverse mentalities and ideologies that it is now difficult for us to distinguish Christ from the Antichrist. The Ninivites were led to conversion only by the words of Jonas and we have more than Jonas.

Jesus who appears after the departure of John to announce Gods Good News of Salvation also calls for a sincere repentance. It is better understood in the Greek word metanoia which literally means a change of mind. Repentance means that anyone who was in love with sin comes naturally to hate sin. In Jesus’ clarion call for repentance he calls those who are to work with him and be part of the mission’s team. Those he calls are very simple. He took ordinary men and with them he changed the world.

We have the Christ who says to us “follow me”. We should therefore give up our nets, give up our boats of comfort and make an option for Christ. Jesus calls us for a specific mission or role. Victor Frankle will insist that “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life”. The underlying factor in the call of Jesus is that we must be the change we want for the world. There is a need to convert the world, but we must convert ourselves. Briefly, we must give up our old ways, change our ways and believe in the Good News. In effect, it is a call for change and repentance.

Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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20/01/2018

Troisième Dimanche du Temps Ordinaire Année B

Homélie du Mgr Sosthene Bayemi pour le Troisième Dimanche du Temps Ordinaire Année B

14/01/2018

Homily of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

14th January 2018, Second Sunday in Ordinary time Year B
God’s Call and our Response
God wants to associate humanity (men, women and children) with the announcement of the Kingdom. The Call of Samuel reminds us that every person has a vocation. This entails that God calls individuals and destines them to accomplish their own irreplaceable tasks.

In God we live a life of grace. God calls and man answers. The young Samuel says: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening”. Without the disposition to listen, God keeps silent. When God speaks and man listens, the history of salvation is renewed. Samuel listened to the Word of God and announced it to the people. It is thus seen that the vocation, the call and the mission all go together. God never calls us for nothing. Each of us has a single and special mission to fulfill.

When we recognise Jesus as the Lamb of God ad seek to follow him. He accepts. It is thus an invitation to follow the Master in order to put our steps in His, on the road of paradise. It is only with him that the realisation of this project is possible.

To achieve the mission that God entrusts to us, a union of our hearts with Jesus is necessary. As Christians, we may ask: are we always able like Samuel to lead our brothers and our sisters where we found the good? We have the responsibility to direct our children to answer God’s call. John the Baptist in recognizing Jesus as the Lamb of God helped two of his disciples to follow the Master. Andrew having followed the Master Jesus also brought his brother Simon Peter to discover the Messiah, the Christ whom he had found Are we able to give the possibility to those whom we held by the hand to carry out their life, without us, following Christ as John the Baptist did it?

Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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12/01/2018

Homélie du Deuxième Dimanche Ordinaire B

Deuxième Dimanche Ordinaire B

06/01/2018

Baptême du Seigneur

Homélie du Mgr Sosthène Bayemi pour le Baptême du Seigneur

06/01/2018

Solemnity of the Epiphany

YOUR STAR MUST SHINE
The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphainen, a verb that means “to shine upon,” “to manifest,” or “to make known.” Thus, the feast of the Epiphany celebrates the many ways that Christ has made Himself known to the world, mainly the three events that manifested the mission and divinity of Christ: the visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12), the baptism of Jesus (Mark 1:9-11), and the miracle at Cana (John 2:1-11).
Epiphany Day is also known as the Feast of The visit of the Magi. Magi itself is a Greek word which means wise Men. So Epiphany in the Catholic Church is the day the Wise Men (three) from the East, visited Jesus.
The story of the Wise men is often linked to the star is mentioned in Numbers 24, and is prophesied by an unusual character, called Balaam.
Balaam seems to have been a sort of traveling soothsayer and he was contracted by Balak to curse the Israelites. Balak was the king of Moab at that time, and the Israelites were moving through Moabite territory as part of their long sojourn to the Promised Land. The Israelites were not going to settle in Moab, so the Moabites had the opportunity, as had the Edomites and Amorites before them, to show hospitality to the Israelites and enable them to go on their way (Numbers 20:17-18; 21:22-23). Like the Edomites and Amorites, the Moabites were to disobey God, but they were to do so by contracting this magician named Balaam. The account of what happened to Balaam — how he was commissioned, how he was warned about his behavior by God, how God rebuked him by making his donkey talk and how his every attempt to curse the Israelites simply led to them being blessed — can be found in Numbers 22 through 24. In one of Balaam’s attempts to curse the Israelites, he ended up uttering this prophecy:
I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult. (Numbers 24:17)
the concept of the scepter, a symbol of kingship, refers not only to David, but to David’s greater son, and refers back to Genesis:
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people. (Genesis 49:10)
This passage from Genesis refers to the coming Messiah, to be descended from Judah so, by inference, we can suggest that Numbers 24:17 also refers to the coming Messiah.
The “scepter” represents the reign of a King. The “star” represents the light and the glory that emanate from Him. Although Balaam confessed that he saw Him, it was only from far off. In one sense, the King was already among Israel, but in another sense, His time had not yet come. However, the Magi understood otherwise. “His star” (Mat. 2:2) had finally appeared to them, heralding His arrival, and they knew that they had to make haste to worship Him.
That same star which could not be extinguished by Balaam, Herod tried to extinguish. But God in a dream advised the wise men to go through another road. Your star can be your strength, a unique possession and a potential. But many of us are not aware of this. You have a star, I have a star; When Jesus was born His star was seen in the east by three wise men who had no relational connection with Jesus. Most times you don’t see the star but others see it.
When your star begins to shine you leave obscurity and step into limelight. Solomon’s star of wisdom shone and kings and queens came with gifts just to hear Him talk. No one can put off the plans God has for you. Your star is your talent and Your star must shine, your star is different academic star, it is different from business, political and entertainment star. It is my prayer that from this moment you begin to see yourself as a star.
The most important task of the devil is to steal the stars of men, He covers their star, He seats on their stars making them to live like wonderers instead of a wonder.
The star continues to burn in several places, of which I’ll mention three: drawn from the Crucial Lessons from the Epiphany of Fr. Roger J. Landry
1. The first is in the red flame of the tabernacle lamp. The star of Bethlehem burned pointing and attracting to the presence of the Son of God. The tabernacle lamp burns pointing to the presence of that same Jesus. The question we need to ask ourselves this great feast day is how zealously we follow that star. The Wise Men traveled for months at great sacrifice to come and adore the Lord. How much are we willing to do to come to Mass or to come to adore him in the Blessed Sacrament?
2. The second place the star continues to burn is in the light of the confessional, which heralds the presence of Christ acting through the ministry of one of his chosen priests in the sacrament of God’s mercy. Christ is truly present there, doing what he came from heaven to be born as a child in order to die to bring about: the forgiveness of sins. We sing the reality of Christ’s forgiveness in so many of our beautiful Christmas hymns. “Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the Newborn king. Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled. ” “O holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.” But, again, we have to ask ourselves how well we’re following that star.
3. A third place the star burns — or at least is supposed to burn — is in each of us. On the day of our baptism, our Godfathers lit our baptismal candles from the Easter Candle, which is the symbol of Christ the Light of the World. We were instructed by the priest who baptized us in Christ’s name to “keep that light burning brightly.” We’re called to reflect Christ’s light so that others in seeing this light might come to Christ, its source. We are supposed to be stars — drawing others toward the presence of Christ within us through grace, drawing others to follow our footsteps to the Eucharist, to the confessional, to the faith. But the question is: are we still burning with the light and the warmth of that rising star?
We see it clearly in the Wise Men
They were wise, because they were searching for God, even when his signal was faint. They were wise because they were hungry to make the Lord’s wisdom their own. They were wise because they knew that whatever sacrifices they made — even giving up probably three years of their life for the round-trip pilgrimage to Bethlehem, at great personal cost — was a small price to pay in order to find the Lord. They were wise because when they found him in a manger, they gave him the best and most costly gifts they had: gold, frankincense and myrrh. And they were wise because they realized that not even that was enough.
Their greatest gift to their infant savior came when they dropped to their knees and gave him their hearts in adoration. The antidote to becoming like Herod is to become like the wise men, to have a hunger to make whatever sacrifices necessary to search for and find God, to follow the star that continues to burn, to base our lives on his wisdom, to be generous with God and give to him who has given us everything the best we have. The remedy is to adore Christ in all our actions.
The same Jesus who was placed in the manger will soon be placed in our mouths or in our hands during communion. The Eucharist is the pearl of great price, worth selling everything we have to obtain. The Mass is the continual manifestation of God, the on-going Epiphany. It is the new Bethlehem. This is where the new wise men and women, young and old, come with joy. This is where the new wise men and women depart, “by another way,” far away from Herod, changed by Christ forever.
Our star will continue to shine if we recognize and adore Jesus as the wise men did.
Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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06/01/2018

Solennité de l’Epiphanie

Solennité de l’Epiphanie , homélie de Mgr Sosthène Bayemi, Evêque d'Obala, Cameroun

31/12/2017

New Year Blessing

01 January 2018: New Year Blessing, Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
A blessing is the infusion of something with holiness, spiritual redemption, or divine will. The opposite of Blessing is Curse. In its strictly liturgical sense, blessing may be described as a rite, consisting of a ceremony and prayers performed in the name and with the authority of the Church by a duly qualified minister, by which persons or things are sanctified as dedicated to Divine service, or by which certain marks of Divine favour are invoked upon them
Throughout sacred Scripture, we find how God issued various blessings. In the account of creation, God blessed all the living creatures and especially Adam and Eve, telling them to be fertile, to multiply and to full the earth and subdue it (Gn 1:22, 28). After the flood, God blessed Noah and his sons (Gn 9:1ff).
The first reading in this first day of the year begins with the blessing that the Lord Gave Moses for the Israelites. This is indeed the blessing that God gives to all humankind: “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord let his face shine on you be gracious to you. May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.”
Christ entrusted His saving ministry to the Church. Because of this the Church has instituted various blessings for people as well as objects to prompt the faithful to implore God’s protection, divine assistance, mercy, faithfulness, and favour. On this note, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1669) states, “Every baptized person is called to be a ‘blessing,’ and to bless. Hence lay people may preside at certain blessings; the more a blessing concerns ecclesial and sacramental life, the more is its administration reserved to the ordained ministry (bishops, priests, or deacons)”
Priests are the ordinary ministers of blessings, asking God’s help for those people being blessed or dedicating something to a sacred service; the priest’s blessing is imparted with the weight of the Church and therefore has great value in the eyes of God. The blessing of a layperson upon another, such as a parent blessing a child, is an act of goodwill whereby the person implores God’s aid for the person; the value of this blessing in the eyes of God depends upon the person’s individual sincerity and sanctity.
At the beginning of this year, we recommend that parents should pronounce blessings to children in their home. Of all the tools God gave you to raise a child, the most powerful is your tongue. Here’s how to use it for good. From the opening words of the Bible, the power of the spoken word is in evidence. In essence, words are not only the means by which creation is made, but they are also the substance—the stuff—of which the tangible realm is shaped. “And God said” appears in the Genesis text; and the next thing, what God said appears in our world. Proverbs 18:21 teaches us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Early in the Bible, the power of God’s people to speak blessing upon one another is clearly shown. Noah blesses Shem and Japheth for their respect, rather than mockery, of his dignity as their father (see Gen. 9:26-27). You Have the Power to bless! Always use numbers 6: 22-27 to bless your children: “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord let his face shine on you be gracious to you. May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.”
Happy New Year!!!

Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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