Author: Vincent

*MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE THE CHURCH STAND*

*MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE THE CHURCH STAND*

THE WORD FOR TODAY

FRIDAY, WEEK 19, AUG 16, 2019

“So they are no longer two but one body; what God has joined together, let no one separate” ( MT. 19:6)

We are faced with a very important topic this morning. A big topic that concerns all of us, lay and clergy alike. But we shall make every effort to drive home our point or rather, the point of Jesus on this subject.

You will agree with me that the subject of marriage and divorce is a hot topic and so we experience a lot of break ups as a result of marriage conflict and faithfulness. The point of Jesus this morning rests on the indissolubility of marriage. Meaning that a marriage that is valid which is also a sacrament, cannot be dissolved.

Jesus does not withdraw His hard words on the indissolubility of marriage. Instead He reaffirms His teaching by adding a saying that sounded harsh to His Jewish listeners and we by extention.

There was considerable dispute among Jewish lawyers in Jesus’ time about valid reasons for divorce. That divorce was permitted to the husband( though not to the wife) by Jewish law, was assumed on the basis of Deut 24:1-4. Jesus, however, takes the dispute back to God’s original intention in creation. The scripture clearly states God’s plan regarding the division of sexes in humankind. He made them male and female. In otherwords, they are incomplete beings who need to unite with one another to constitute one human unit.

But more often than not, human beings have not respected God’s plan on marriage majorly for two reasons:
First, a vast majority of men being stronger than women, have acted as owners of their wives( when they are actually equal and incomplete but are meant to compliment each other). For women, adultery has been a crime, but men have felt proud to have many women.

Secondly, people do not know how to love according to the way of God, because they love without God’s love, because they love without giving themselves totally, and because they love only for a time. For God, love and fidelity always go together.

Hence, love and fidelity are the norm of matrimony for husband and wife. There is no other way. Where this norm of matrimony exist, the issue of divorce will not arise. This is the original intention of God in Genesis. Divorce is man-made law, but indissolubility or for better for worse is a divine law.

Untill we begin to see marriage as a divine institution, we will not view it rightly and we will always have the option of divorce in times of conflict or infidelity.

🙏We pray today for those who are into marriage, that God will strengthen their bond with His love and grant them the grace of faithfulness till the end. We pray for those who are planning for marriage for a good discernment

in choosing their spouses. Amen

GOOD MORNING. HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND. SMILE, JESUS LOVES YOU.

BIBLE STUDY. READ AND REFLECT ON ( JOSHUA 24:1:13, MT. 19:3-12)

I WILL ALWAYS PRAY FOR YOU.
FR. FRANKLIN NNAMDI

The Assumption of Mary: God’s Way of Honouring His Mother.*

The Assumption of Mary: God’s Way of Honouring His Mother.*

_(Thursday 15th August, 2019. Read Revelation 11:19-12:1-10. 1st Corinthians 15:20-27 and Luke 1:39-56)_

_And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.” *(Luke 1:46-48)*_

Today we are celebrating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That is to say, we are celebrating the fact that Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ was taken up straight to heaven at the end of her life. Mary’s body was never buried in any tomb. As the Catechism teaches us: “Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.” (CCC. No. 966).

If you read what Jesus said in John 6:51, you will not have any problem believing the truth of the Assumption of Mary! In Jesus’ own words: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” *If by sharing in Holy Communion, (the body of Christ), we shall live forever, what can we say about the Woman who carried Christ in her womb for nine months?*

The above catechism further reiterates: “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.” (CCC. No. 966). *When we celebrate the Assumption, we remind ourselves how we too shall live forever with Christ in heaven after our journey on earth is over.* The assumption is not simply Mary’s feast but our own feast as well. We are celebrating the fact that God will raise us up on the last day.

In our Gospel passage this morning, Mary, even while still alive prophesied about the honour that would be given to her forever. She said: “Behold, all generations will call me blessed.” We honour Mary because God honoured her. If you truly believe that Jesus Christ is God and that He took flesh in a woman’s womb, then you would have no problem calling that woman blessed.

Luke tells us how a woman upon the realization that Jesus is God in human flesh “raised her voice and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!’” (Luke 11:27). This feast of the Assumption is another occasion on which to call Mary blessed as Angel Gabriel did when he came to announce to Mary the fact that she would be the Mother of God. Even Elizabeth in today’s Gospel passage said to Mary: “Blessed are you among women.”

In our first reading today, St. John writing with heavily coded language talks about a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Despite her glory, this woman is heavy with child and cries out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery. A dragon with seven heads and ten horns tries to devour her child but the child was caught up to God while the woman flees into the wilderness. War arose in heaven and Michael and his angels fought and defeated the dragon throwing him down.

When we recall how Herod tried to kill the infant Jesus and how the Angel warned Joseph in a dream to take the child and flee with Mary to Egypt at night, we cannot but see how *John’s revelation points undoubtedly to Mary. She is the woman clothed with the Sun and the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She is the woman that God himself bestowed such great honour and glory. She is the Queen who wears a crown of the twelve tribes of Israel.*

St. Paul explains to us in our second reading that the child she gave birth to is the New Adam (no earthly father). Christ is the one who came to undo the mistake of the first Adam. As Adam brought death to mankind by his disobedience on the tree of the garden, Christ brought life to mankind by his obedience unto death on the tree of the cross of Calvary. Unlike Adam who was deceived when tempted by the devil, Christ was subjected to several temptations and overcame.

In conclusion, what exactly is the significance of today’s feast for us? Our opening prayer at mass gives us a good answer. It prays: “Grant we pray, that always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers in her (Mary’s) glory.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, you honoured Mary by assuming her body and soul into heaven, you honoured some of the saints by letting their bodies remain fresh even after death, grant that I may live a pure and sinless life so as to find a similar favour in your sight at the end of my life. Amen

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. Bible Study: Revelation 11:19-12:1-10. 1st Corinthians 15:20-27 and Luke 1:39-56).*

Fr. Abu.

Saint of the Day for Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Saint of the Day for Thursday, August 15th, 2019

St. Alipius

Image of St. Alipius

Facts

Feastday: August 15
Death: 430
Bishop and companion of St. Augustine. He was born in Tagaste, North Africa, and was raised as a friend of St. Augustine. He went to Rome to study law and became a magistrate there. When Augustine arrived in Rome, Alipius resigned his post and accompanied him to Milan.

There he was baptized with Augustine in 387 or 394 by St. Ambrose. The two were ordained in Hippo, North Africa, and Alipius became the

bishop of Tagaste, serving in that capacity for thirty years. Alipius’ name was placed in the Roman Martyrology by Pope Gregory XIII in 1584. The evidence of Alipius’ sanctity was clearly stated by Augustine’s account of his life.

St. Neopolus

Facts

Feastday: August 15

Egyptian martyr, also called Napoleon. He was seized during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian and was brutally tortured in Alexandria. Neopolus died from his injuries.

St. Arduinus

Facts

Feastday: August 15
Death: 1009

Confessor and priest of Rimini, Italy. Arduinus was a hermit in the region until he entered the monastery of San Gudenzio, where he died.

More Saints of the Day

  • St. Alipius
  • St. AltfridSt. ArduinusBl. Claudio GranzottoSt. LimbaniaSt. NeopolusSt. Tarsicius
    WHY DO WE HONOUR MARY?

    WHY DO WE HONOUR MARY?

    THE WORD FOR TODAY

    THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (SOLEMNITY) AUG 15, 2019

    WE HONOUR MARY, VENERATE HER, EXPRESS OUR LOVE FOR HER AND NEVER WORSHIP HER.

    Mary herself gives us the most important reason in her ” _magnificat_ :” ” All generations (ages) will call me blessed, because the Almighty has done great things for me. ”

    A) We honour her, because God chose her to be the mother of
    Jesus our Saviour.
    B) By filling her with His Holy Spirit twice, namely at Annunciation and at Pentecost.
    C) By making her ” full of grace” at her Immaculate Conception, the paragon or embodiment of all virtues.
    D) By allowing her to become the most active participant with Christ, her son in our redemption, by suffering in mind what Jesus suffered in body.

    2) MARY IS OUR HEAVENLY MOTHER. Jesus gave us His mother as our mother from the cross: “woman behold your son,… Behold your mother”( JN 19:26-27).

    3) MARY IS SUPREME MODEL OF ALL VIRTUES and hence our role model, especially in holiness of life( “full of grace”), obedience to the will of God ( “fiat”), and true humility (” behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me as you have said”).

    REASONS WHY WE BELIEVE IN THE ASSUMPTION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:

    Pope Pius XII in the papal document _Munificentimus Deus_ (1950) gives four reasons why we believe in the Dogma of Assumption of Mary.

    1) The uninterrupted tradition about Mary’s death and Assumption starting from the first century.
    2) The belief expressed in all the ancient liturgies of the Church.
    3) The negative evidence : the absence and veneration of a tomb of Mary, while most of the apostles have their tombs.
    4) The possibility of bodily assumption warranted in the Old Testament (O.T) in the cases of Enoch( Gen 5:24), perhaps Moses (Deut 34:5) and especially Elijah (2 KGS 2:1).

    THEOLOGICAL REASONS

    A) The degeneration of the body after death is the consequence of “original sin,” and Mary, by Immaculate Conception, is exempted from the post-mortem decay of the body.

    B) As receiver of the fullness of grace and holiness because she is mother of Jesus, Mary’s place is with her son, God’s Son Jesus, the Redeemer, in the abode of holiness, heaven.

    WHAT ARE WE CALLED TO DO?

    As Mary’s Assumption was a reward from a life of holiness, the feast invites us to keep our bodies pure and holy. Paul gives three additional reasons :
    A) Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit.
    B) Our body parts are the members of Christ’s body.
    C) Our bodies are to be glorified on the day of the last judgment.

    We are given an assurance of hope in the ressurection and a source of inspiration during moments of despair and temptations.

    🙏kings of kings, you assumed Mary into heaven to be with you completely in body and soul; may we seek the things that are above and keep our lives fixed on you. Amen.

    *EXERTS FROM FR. ANTHONY’S HOMILY*

    GOOD MORNING. HAPPY FEAST DAY. SMILE, JESUS LOVES YOU

    BIBLE STUDY. READ AND REFLECT ON ( REV. 11:19;12:1-6.10, 1 COR 15:20-23, LK 1:39-56)

    I WILL ALWAYS PRAY FOR YOU.