Local Homilies

25TH MAY 2022
Acts 17:15,22-18:1; Psalm 148:1-2,11-12,13,14; John 16:12-15
“And God created man to his own image; to the image of God he created him; male and female, he created them.” Genesis 1:27
▪One of the crisis we have is that which comes from prejudice. It may be prejudices based on religion, colour, culture or race. Often, especially in our own part of the world, religious crisis has caused the reasons why more lives and lost of properties have been destroyed. A couple of weeks ago, there were crises that claimed lives and destroyed properties. We cannot hold religion responsible, there are other factors we may not rule out, which include political issues, among other things.
~ If we understand that God created us in His image and likeness, we see God in others. St. Augustine reminds us that God has made us for Himself and our heart will be restless until it rests in God. Our present crisis is a sign that our hearts are restless, but unfortunately, we are not even keen to seek God’s guidance.
~ We are at war with each other presently; we live in a very precarious time. We seem to have forgotten that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. We must be careful not to allow ourselves be destroyed by the disease of hatred. In God there is no difference, since all are one.
~ St. Paul reminds us, “There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither servant nor free; there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus,” (cf. Galatians 3:28). We fight against each other because of our differences. In spite of our differences, may we not forget that God has made us from one source: Himself.
▪Dear friend, we cannot be living in the time of ignorance, which God has overlooked through mercy; God is calling us to a time of repentance because of His judgement. Let us repent by seeking that unity, in which God has called the whole human race to be one.
God bless you and keep you safe
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam