For We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight

06-16-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

The exiled people of Israel received a series of “prophecies of doom” that painted a gloomy story of their contemporary situation from the Prophet Ezekiel who ministered to the people during the period of exile. A er one of such oracles, God decided to off er them a message of hope for restoration. God employed an agricultural parable to pass this relieving message of hope, this must have resonated with the people, an overwhelming majority of whom were agriculturists. The Lord was going to take from the crest of the cedar, a tender shoot, which He would plant on a high and lofty mountain of Israel.

READ MORE

“Whoever Does The Will Of God Is My Brother And Sister And Mother.”

06-09-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

We are back to taking our Readings on the weekends from the Ordinary Time after the celebration of Easter, Pentecost, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi. This weekend, the Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time in Year B, we are treated to the intriguing dialogue between God the Creator and Adam the disobedient creature after the first fall. Recall that God had created Adam and had placed him and Eve in the Garden of Eden where all that they would need was provided.

READ MORE

This Is My Blood Of The Covenant Which Will Be Shed For Many

06-02-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

It is safe to say that the story of the Christian Scripture which we call the Bible is the story of two Covenants: the first between God and the people of Israel, the second between God and the New Israel, the assembly of God’s children also known as Christ’s faithful. The Book of Genesis traces the origin of the world and man’s relationship with His Creator, a relationship that was mortally wounded by man’s disobedience and the gradual revelation of God’s plan to return man to the right relationship with His Maker. In Genesis 15, God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants, this covenant was sealed with the blood of animals.

READ MORE

Go Therefore and Make Disciples of All Nations

05-26-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

Central to the teaching of the Catholic Church is the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity which in simple terms holds that in the One undivided God are three persons: God the Father, the Creator of the all that exists; God the Son, the eternal Word of the Father who is begotten not made by the Father and who was sent by the Father to redeem creation after the fall of man; and God the Holy Spirit, the finger of God who proceeds from the Father and the Son and who animates all that the Father and the Son wishes to empower and renews the face of the earth.

READ MORE

“But When He Comes, The Spirit Of Truth, He Will Guide You To All Truth.”

05-19-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

Happy Pentecost Sunday! Happy Birthday to the Catholic Church! The Feast of Pentecost comes ten days after the Ascension of our Lord, and fifty days after we celebrated His Resurrection at Easter. God the Father and the Son chose to send the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday in fulfillment of the promise made by the Son to His Disciples, in order to embolden, animate and empower them to witness to the Truth without fear. It was on the day that the Church, the Assembly of the new people of God, was birthed even though Jesus had long conceived and nourished it with His teaching while he ministered here on earth.

READ MORE

“But You Will Receive Power When The Holy Spirit Comes Upon You.”

05-12-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is the commemoration of the day when Jesus ascended into Heaven forty days after the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Some of the Gospels describe Jesus blessing His Disciples, separating from them and being carried up into Heaven where He is seated at the right hand of The Father. Acts of the Apostles 1:6-11 explains the importance of the Ascension, as it marks the departure of Jesus from interaction with His Disciples in this world and His entrance into the Realm of God. The Ascension of the Lord is considered the climax of the redemption story, and the gateway to Jesus’ priestly work of intercession. It also shows that Jesus has overcome death and is alive with the Father in Heaven.

READ MORE

“This Is My Commandment: Love One Another As I Have Loved You.”

05-05-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Manasseh Iorchir, VC

The twelve men chosen by Jesus to be His Apostles were all Jewish. Similarly, most of the area that Jesus went about teaching and healing was Jewish territory. Little wonder when the Apostles began to make Disciples of all nations, they naturally went to fellow Jews and shared with them the Good News about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the salvation that His death and resurrection purchased for all people. However, there were non-Jewish people who heard of the growing “way” and desired to be part of it.

READ MORE