Category: Marriage and Family Life

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CHANGING THE STATUS OF THE ‘GLORIFIED ORPHANAGES’ WE CALL HOMES

INTRODUCTION Last year, in our article, RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALT A NATION (Prov 14:34), we looked at the rapid way in which wickedness and other forms of evil are making their way back to our home town. We considered the cause of that to be our detour from the ways of God. But our further reflection on the subject matter tells us that it is something more. While we might be right in thinking that our movement away from God is the reason for the enthronement of such evil, something obviously led to that detour. This is what I consider as parental...

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“WHO IS MY MOTHER?” (cf. Mark 3:33)

It is about 5:15pm now that I’m beginning this reflection. I just got a WhatsApp message from a friend of mine that got me thinking. It read, “Have you called your mum today?” Sadly, I haven’t! I spoke with her yesterday and so wasn’t worried to call today. Well, that question has raised up something in me that I must attend to immediately. WHO IS MY MOTHER TO ME? I have read a lot from the social networks concerning today’s celebration. Some are celebrating their mother because she carried in the womb for 9 months and gave birth to them...

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“WHAT THEREFORE GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER” (Mark 10:10)

⏰Friday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (24 Feb 2017) ????Sir 6:5-17; Ps 119:12, 16, 18, 27, 34, 35 (R.v.35a); Mark 10:1-12 ????”WHAT THEREFORE GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER” (Mark 10:10) My dear, God has made us for himself, and he continues to take care of us in all situations. Sometimes, difficulties and distractions can come our way and affect us badly to an extent that we begin to question if God is still on the throne. Yet, his presence among us is everlasting (cf. Matt 28:20). So, the book of Sirach tells us...

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THE TRUE LOVE THAT THERE IS

THE TRUE LOVE THAT THERE IS INTRODUCTION This is one period that brings us better and closer to the reality that keeps us in continuous living. But for the spirit of the celebration at this period, the world would have remained just a formless void. Even when something manages to come up in the world, there would have been a complex chaotic relationship among all that exists in creation (if there would be anything like creation in the first place). Creation itself is an act of love. It is borne out of Gods love through which he willed that all...

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“IT IS NOT GOOD THAT MAN SHOULD BE ALONE” (Gen 2:18)

⏰Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (09 Feb 2017) ????Gen 2:18-25; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1a); Mark 7:24-30 “IT IS NOT GOOD THAT MAN SHOULD BE ALONE” (Gen 2:18) A modern consideration of Gen 2:18-25 might see it as strictly referring to the institution of marriage. But taking it back to the time like 10th Century B.C. and placing it in the context that the Jew of that time would understand might not yield the same result. And I think that that kind of venture is important for us to undertake. At that time, a woman’s position...

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“BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY, AND FILL THE EARTH AND SUBDUE IT” (Gen 1:28)

⏰Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (07 Feb 2017) ????Gen 1:20 – 2:4a; Ps 8:4-5, 6-7a, 7b-9 (R.v.2ab); Mark 7:1-13 “BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY, AND FILL THE EARTH AND SUBDUE IT” (Gen 1:28) Have you ever taken a closer evaluation of the particulars of the accounts of the creation of different kinds of living creatures (Gen 1:20-25) and man (Gen 1:26-28)? Both of them came with a blessing from God, “Be fruitful and multiply.” But there is a difference in the instruction that followed that blessing. That of other living creatures ended with filling the waters and...

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OUR LIFE IN THE LIFE OF THE HOLY FAMILY

⏰FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH ????Sir 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1); Col 3:12-21; Matt 2:13-15, 19-23 ????OUR LIFE IN THE LIFE OF THE HOLY FAMILY In Jesus, God unites himself to the entire human nature and human experience. It is in the family that this human experience is more pronounced. It is here that Jesus spent a greater part of his earthly life. What we know of his earthly ministry spans a period of about three years out of about thirty-three years he spent on earth. so this celebration offers us ample opportunity...

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ON THIS LIE ABOUT MARRIAGE…

A friend called my attention to this post which was made on Facebook: “LADIES if you haven’t LEARNED SUBMISSION, stay away from MARRIAGE. Marriage is not PARTNERSHIP, its AUTHORITY, you are under your Husband and subject to Him.  ~ PASTOR JOY AMENKHIENAN.” Well, I have my reservation about it and I wish to share it. I sincerely don’t know who the poster is and I decided not to run a ground check on her so I need not apologize for this truth which I wish to declare here. What I however did was to search for the original post so...