NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
The readings of 19th Sunday of the year tell us about God’ manifestations or self - revelations to human beings. The first (1 Kings 19.9.11-13) to one individual , prophet Elijah; the second (Mat. 14,22-33) to a group of individuals, the 12 disciples.
TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD SUNDAY
In the Gospel episode of the transfiguration it is Peter who speaks first and Jesus at the end; the other 2 Apostles are silent witnesses, while Moses and Elijah are the link with the old testament, like the reference to the “high mountain” (Sinai, Horeb) and the bright cloud (Num. 9,15). This mountain of the Transfiguration is not named because, after the coming of Jesus, all reality is sacred and is part of the revelation of God himself.
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
We are at the 16th Sunday of the ordinary time. The key word that we have just heard from the gospel is the kingdom of heaven. We have heard it thrice from the mouth of Jesus: the kingdom of heaven may be compared to…, the kingdom of heaven may be compared to…, and the kingdom of heaven may be compared to…
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
The theme of the scripture readings of this Sunday is coincidentally in line with the rainy season in Sierra Leone where I see most farmers working hard to sow many kinds of seeds in their farms. All farmers surely try to prepare as good as possible soil for their seed, but not all will be lucky enough to get the best one. Nevertheless, they have to work with any kind of soil available around them, accepting the reality of different qualities of soil in their location. Most of their concern is to do their best, hoping plenty of fruits at the harvest time in a few months.
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
We all almost daily hear people complaining often bitterly about the difficult life they experience with their families, their places of work and their health problems. It is a sad reality the fact that our people too often have a hard labour and are overburdened exactly how Jesus talks in today gospel.
STS. PETER AND PAUL*
These two holy and martyred apostles were the great pillars of our Catholic faith. We know from the gospel that St. Peter was the first called by Jesus. He was the representative of the community of the disciples. He was chosen by Jesus as the `rock`. He was the first to profess that Jesus was the Messiah – the Son of God. However, he also denied the Lord three times. He stood as the speaker of the 12 but failed. But Jesus loved him to the end. At the end of the gospel of St. John we can read the installation of St. Peter as the Shepherd of His flock. He became the shepherd of all peoples– the followers of Christ.
My Dear Young People,
I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart. Today, the Preparatory Document is being presented, a document which I am also entrusting to you as your "compass” on this synodal journey.