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Fr. Thomas Maphosa,Priest from Acornhoek Parish

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Fr. Thomas Maphosa, Second local Diocesan Priest from Acornhoek Parish

Fr. Mcindezelo Vusimuzi Thomas Maphosa was born on the 12.02.1069, was ordained a priest on the 27.11.2004 at Acornhoek and passed away on the 05.10.2016 at the parish house at Steelpoort. He was buried at Maria Trost (Lydenburg/Mashishing) on Saturday the 15th of October.

We entrust Fr. Thomas to the mercy of God!

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Posted by on November 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

HOEDSPRUIT CATHOLIC CHURCH/ ACORNHOEK PARISH

Our local Parish outstation in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa is served from the Maria Assumpta Parish in the town of Acornhoek. I have copied the Parish priest Fr. Jérôme Soku (0761865266)/ 0787283165)  in case you wish to confirm the following with him.
Hoedspruit out station has a weekly service every Sunday at 16:00 in the Hoedspruit Community church building in Springbok Street (opposite the Maruleng Municipality Offices).
The GPS coordinates are – 24° 21′ 10″ S and 30° 56′ 53″ E
Below is an extract from a webpage for the Catholic Diocese of Witbank:

ACORNHOEK

Maria Assumpta (1954)

PO Box 35, Acornhoek 1360.

Tel: 013 795 0610.

COMMUNITIES: Allandale; Arthurseat; Athol; Brooklyn, Buffelshoek; Buyisonto; Clare; Cottondale; Craigleburg; Crossing; Dumphries A & B; Dwaaarsloop A & B;  Edingburg, Gottenburg; Green Valley; Hlalakahle, Hluvukani; Islington; Lephong; Ludlow; Marhomeni, Mbumba, New Forest; Orinoco A & B, Share, Shatale; Shorty, Thlavekisa, Thulamahashe; Tintswalo, Violetbank; Welverdiend; White City, Hoedspruit (Limpopo)

We would really appreciate you add this location to your database as Hoedspruit is a center for the safari industry in South Africa and we have many visitors passing through.
The general area falls under two large Dioceses the above falls within the Witbank diocese – http://dioceseofwitbank.mariannhillmedia.org/parishes/
Then also the diocese of Tzaneen – http://dioceseoftzaneen.org.za/parishes/
Regards
Kevin Leo-Smith
Twitter: @kevinleosmith
Skype: sfm.kevin
 
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SPEECH 60 Years anniversary of Acornhoek Parish by FR. JEROME SOKU

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Arise, shine,

for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

(Is 60: 1-3)

This visionary quotation shows and confirm God’s intervention and purpose in human history.

Historical events have been unfolding in the life of Acornhoek parish during the past sixty years.

God has been “beautifying  his house using humble or cracked instruments. He has planted his Word and Light in the hearts of Acornhoek: from Tingaleni through Share to Marhomeni. So the christian community started worshiping Him until today.

The master of History has been so merciful to us, has shown love to us and has been our Stronghold, our Rock. We have learnt true life, to live our heaven on earth according to His will. We have seen, heard and touched the light of the Gospel. It brought His presence and deliverance among us.

God who is at work in historical events, has changed the present conditions of our lives and has illuminated a new future for His people. Acornhoek, arise and shine: “give light for your light has come.” Acornhoek will save Acornhoek, it starts to be a reality not only a wish of the children of Comboni. Thanks be to God for the Light of the Gospel in our hearts. Thanks for all the Comboni who made this buidling to look so beatiful and strong. Thanks in a special way to Bishop Sandri and all those who are here present today.

  1. Turning 60 years always come with growth’s challenges.

Let me suggest 3 of the psychological advices that are given to those turning 60:

  • Dress well: With your clothes, it is recommended you wear classic pieces with modern twists. Dear Parishioners, we should not only care about our personal good-looking and modernising our homes and leave our Parish and Local Christian Community structures looking very old.
  • Stay young in mind and life! If you keep a young mind, you will portray a young person!
  • Be Happy! Don’t get obsessed. One of the things about turning 60 gracefully is letting things go gracefully. Don’t obsess; just let things happen as they do.

Acornhoek, arise and shine: “give light for your light has come.” We thank so many good people who are really committed on praying for our Parish, helping us financially and putting their time to continue building up this Parish.

Maria Assumpta, you are 60s; continue doing something new.  Sit and look out of the window. Self-reliance at this age should be an asset not a wish. Your self-reliance attitude should help you to enjoy your retreat age.

  1. “Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances” (Proverbs 11:14)

Why many inlfuencial catholics are leaving the Catholic Church after practicing the same faith for so long: lack of having a personalised faith rooted in the mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of Chirst; Jesus Christ was not just a good person. He was the Son of God made man, and he died so that we might live in eternal, loving relationship with Him. It is up to us to respond to this invitation by committing our very lives to Him. “Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.”

We must always remember to be sensitive to those who have been hurt by individual members of the Church. They’re right – the Church is full of sinners, and always has been – ever since the betrayals of Peter & Judas.

But while the Church may be full of sinners, it’s still the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit. Abandoning the Church because it’s full of sinful people is like abandoning a gym because it’s full of out-of-shape people. Let us always seek reform in our Church, but let us do so from within its walls.
“The Church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners.”

We should Help our brothers and sisters to see through the false gospels they’ve been fed by our culture, our modern society and our traditions.  We should not always rely on the homily of the priests or the help from him. But to learn how to Contemplate the Scriptures. Don’t let the faith become “old hat.” Teach them to experience the miracles of the Incarnation and Resurrection anew through the eyes of the early Christians of Acornhoek. At last Challenge those weakened in their faith to approach our Lord with honesty, humility, and an open heart. When we do, the God who makes all things new will transform us in ways we never thought possible.

Lastly, let us avoid Syncretism of religions:  we cannot combine water and oil, unless they are boiled together using fire to have a tasty soup. We cannot combine our cathoilc christian faith and our traditional beliefs. They need the fire of love to blend them into a power which leads us truthfully. By adding an incompatible belief it corrupts the original religion, rendering it no longer true. It distorts the original faith and betrays the pure truth of the original. The substitution or modification of the elements of faith are not always healthy. So we should work hard to know our original faith better in order to be able to cook a tasty and nice soup of our faith. “ You shall worship the Lord your God only.(Mt 4: 10)

May Maria Assumpta pray for us, for the vocations in our Parish and for leaders to be able to continue the building up of this faith structure.

Acornhoek, arise and shine: “give light for your light has come.Thanks to you all!

 

SPEECH IN SEPEDI

Tsoga o bonege, gobane seetša sa gago se etla, mme letago la Morena le hlaba godimo ga gago. Gobane šeleo leswiswi le khurumeditše lefase, boso bo thibile ditšhabeng; gomme wena, seetša se go hlabelago ke yena Morena; go bonala letago la gagwe godimo ga gago. Bantle ba tlo tla seetšeng sa gago, le dikgoši di tlo tlela seetša sa masa a gago.” (Jesaya 60: 1 – 3)

 

  1. Setsopolwa se sa ponelopele se laetša le go tiišeletša thušo le morero wa Modimo go batho.

Ditiragalo tše ntšhi di bonagetše mo bophelong bja Parish ya Acornhoek lebakeng la mengwaga ye masome-tshela ye e fetilego.

Modimo o hlwele a “kgabiša ngwako wa gagwe a diriša ditlabelo tše di lokilego le tšeo di pharogilego. O bjetše Lentšu la gagwe le Seetša sa gagwe dipelong tša Acornhoek: go tloga Tingaleni go feta Share go tlo fihla Baromeng. Ka fao, diphuthego tša baKriste di thomile go tumiša Modimo go fihla le lehono.

Mong wa Mabaka o bile le lešoko go rena, o bontšhitše lerato gape o bile Maatla a rena, Leswika la rena. Re ithutile bophelo bja mmakgothe, go phela bophelo bja legodimo mo lefaseng go ya ka thato ya gagwe. Re bone, ra kwa e bile ra kgwatha seetša sa Ebangedi. Se tlišitše bogona le phološo ya gagwe makgatheng  a rena.

Modimo ya a šomago mabakeng a ditiragalo o fetotše diemo tša bjale tša maphelo a rena e bile o goteditše bokamoso bjo boswa bja batho ba gagwe. Acornhoek, tsoga o bonege: “hlaba seetša gobane seetša sa gago se tlile. Äcornhoek e tlo phološa Acornhoek, e thomile go ba kgonthe e sego takatso feela ya bana ba Comboni. A go lebogwe Modimo bakeng sa Seetša sa Ebangedi dipelong tša rena. Re leboga baromiwa ba Comboni bao ba dirilego gore moago wo o be wo mobotse wa go tiya. Re leboga ka mokgwa woo o sa tlwaelegago Mopišopo Sandri le ka moka bao ba lego fa lehono.

  1. Go fetša mengwaga ye 60 go tla le dihlotlo ka mehla.

Ereng ke šišinye dikeletšo tše tharo (3) tša monagano tšeo di fiwago bao ba fetšago 60.

  • Apara gabotse: mabapi le diaparo tša gago, go šišinywa gore o apare diaparo tša gago tša mohlamonene ka mokgwa wa sebjalebjale. Banabešu ba ba rategago, a re sekeng ra hlokomela feela go bogega ga rena le go kaonafatša magae a rena mme ra tlogela Parish ya rena le meago ya diphuthego tša rena e bonala e le ya kgale.
  • Dula o le yo moswa monaganong le bophelong! Ge o eba le monagano o moswa o tlo laetša motho yo moswa!
  • Dula o thabile! O se ke wa swarelela go dilo kudu. Se sengwe sa dilo mabapi le go fetša 60 gabotse ke go tlogela dilo di iphetela gabotse. O sa swarelele dilo; tlogela dilo di itiragalele ka botšona.

Acornhoek, tsoga o bonege: “hlaba seetša gobane seetša sa gago se tlile”. Re leboga batho ba bantšhi bao ba ikemišeditšego ka kgothe ba rapelela Parish y arena, ba re thuša ka tša ditšhelete le go ipha nako ya bona go tšwela pele go aga Parish ye.

 

Maria Assumpta, o fetša 60; tšwela pele go dira selo se seswa. Dula o lebeletše ka ntle ka lefenstere. Go ikema sebakeng se e swanetše go ba thoto  e sego takatso feela. Moya wa boikemo Wa gago o swanetše go go thuša go ipshina mengwageng  ya bogolo bja gago.

  1. “Ntle le taetšo ye botse, batho ba lahlegelwa ke tsela ya bona; ge o latela ditayo tša bohlale o ba le dibaka tše kaone”. (Diema 11:14)

Ke ka lebaka la eng maloko a khuetšo ye kgolo a Katolike a tlogela Kereke ya Katolike morago ga go phela tumelo ye lebaka le le telele bjale: ke go hloka medu ya tumelo ya bona phetatlhaologanyong ya Lehu le Tsogo ya Kriste; Jesu Kriste e be e se feela motho wa go loka. E be e le Morwa wa Modimo yo a dirilwego motho, mme a hwa gore re phele ga lelele, le  go ba le setswalle sa lerato le Yena. Go tšwa mo go rena go araba taletšo ye ka neela maphelo a rena go Yena. “Bodumedi ba lena a e be bja leratano go feta bja monagano feela”.

Re swanetše go dula re gopola ka hlokomelo bao ka moka ba ilego ba kwišwa bohloko ke maloko a mangwe a Kereke. Ba nepile – Kereke e tletše ka badiradibe, e bile e hlwele e le bjalo – go tlogela mehleng ya dikeko tša Petro le Judase. Efela, le ge Kereke e tletše ka badiradibe, e dutše e sa leYona ye Kgethwa, ye Katolike e bile ya Boapostola yeo e hlomilwego ke Jesu Kriste ka hlahlo ya Moyamokgethwa. Go tlogela Kereke ka gore e tletše ka badiradibe go swana le go tlogela lefelo la go itšhidulla ka gore le tletše ka batho ba mebele ya go hloka sebopego. A re duleng re nyaka diphetogo ka mehla Kerekeng y arena, eupša a re direng bjalo gona ka mo gare ga maboto a yona. “Kereke ga se bolota bakgethwa, eupša ke bookelo bja badiradibe”.

Re swanetše go thuša bana baborena gore ba lemoge bofora bja diebangedi tšeo ba di rutilwego ka ditšo tša rena, mabaka a sebjalebjale le ditlwaedi tša rena. Ga se ra swanela feela go bota dithuto tša baprista goba thušo ya bona. Eupša go ithuta go hlatholla Mangwalo a Makgethwa. Le se ke la tlogela tumelo e eba bjalo ka “kefa ya kgale.” Ba rute go itemogela mehlolo ya go Ima le Tsogo boswa ka mahlo a Bakriste ba pele ba Acornhoek.  Sa bofelo, tlhotla bao ba fokolago tumelong go ya go Morena wa rena ka go botega, botho le pelo ye e bulegilego. Ge re dira bjalo Modimo yo a dirago dilo boswa o tlo re fetola ka mokgwa wo re sa naganago ka gona.

Sa bofelo, a re tlogeleng go tswakanya ditumelo: re ka se kgone go tswakanya meetse le makhura, ntle le ge re di bidiša mmogo ka mollo go dira moro wa tatso ye bose. Re ka se kgone tswaka tumelo ya rena ya katolike le ditumelo tša rena tša setšo. Di hloka mollo wa lerato go di tswakanya mmogo go re fa maatla ao a išago therešong. Go lokela tumelo e šele go senya bodumedi bja therešo mme gwa dira gore e se sa ba bja therešo. Go tšhilafatša tumelo yela ya therešo e bile go eka hlweko ya nnete. Go fetolela goba go fetoša dikokwana tša tumelo ga se gwa loka. Re swanetše go šoma ka maatla go tseba tumelo ya rena ya nnete bokaone gore re kgone go apea moro wa rena wa tumelo woo o nago le tatso ye bose. “O tlo hlankela Morena wa gago a nnoši”. ( Mateo 4:10)

Anke Maria Assumpta a re rapelele, a rapelele dipiletšo Parishing ya rena e bile le baetapele gore ba kgone go tšwela pele go aga moago wo wa tumelo.

Acornhoek, tsoga o bonege: “hlaba seetša gobane seetša sa gago se tlile”.

Ke a leboga ka moka!

 SPEECH IN TSONGA

“Yima, u vangama hikuva ku vonakala ka wena ku tile ni ku dzuneka ka Hosi Xikwembu ku le henhla ka wena. Vona xinyami lexikulu xi ta funengeta misava ni vanhu. Kambe Hosi Xikwembu xi ta suka xi yima kambe ku dzuneka ka xona ku ta vonaka ehenhla ka wena.” (Is 60: 1-3)

  1. Ntshaho lowu wu hi komba na ku tiyisa ku nghenelela ka Xikwembu na xikongomelo eka matimu ya munhu.

Swi endlekile swa khale leswi nga humelela eka vutomi bya Acornhoek Parish eka malembe ya 60 lama hundzeke.

Xikwembu a xi ri ku sasekiseni ka yindlu ya yena a tirhisa switirhisiwa swo titsongahata kumbe swa mimbhovo. U simekile na swona u byarile rito ra yena na kuvonakala etimbilwini ta Acornhoek; ku sekela eTinghaleni hi le ka Share ku fika Marhomeni. Ku sukela kwalaho vakriste va sungule ku twarisa vito ra yena ku fikela namuntlha.

N’wini wa Matimu u ve na ntwela visuwana eka hina, u hi kombisile rirhandzu, u vile khokholo ra hina, ribye ra hina. Hi dyondze vutomi bya ntiyiso, ku hanya tilo ra hina emisaveni ku ya hi ku rhandza ka yena. Hi twile, hi vonile na swona hi kumbile ku vonakala ka Evhangeli. Ku tise vukona bya yena exikarhi ka hina, na ku ntshuxiwa.

Xikwembu loyi a nga ku tirheni eka swa matimu, u cince vutomi bya hina bya sweswi, a nyika vumundzuku byintshwa eka vanhu va Xikwembu. “Acornhoek, yima u vangama. Nyika ku vonakala hi ku vonakala ka wena ku tile. Eka ku vonakala ka Evhangeli etimbilwini ta hina. “Acornhoek yi ta ponisa Acornhoek. Swi sungule ku ri ntiyiso ku nga ri ku ri ku navela ka vana va Comboni. A hi khenseni Xikwembu eka ku vonakala ka Evhangeli etimbilwini ta hina. Hi khensa Macomboni hinkwawo lama nga endla muako lowu wo saseka no tiya. Xikan’we na ku khensa eka Bixopo Sandri xikan’we na hinkwavo  lava nga laha namuntlha.

  1. Loko u fika malembe ya 60 swi ta na tinkinga ta ku kula. Mi ndzi pfumelela leswaku ndzi mi nyika switsundzuxo swinharhu swa miehlekekto leswi va ka kona loko u fikelela 60 wa malembe:
  • Ambala kahle: hi swambalo swa wena i swa kahle ku ambala swihambalo swa xiyimo. Eka vapherixinara vo rhandzeka, hi nga vileli ntsena hi ku languteka ko saseka na ku sasekisa tiyindlu ta mindyangu ya hina kambe hi tshika Pherixi na tikereke ta hina ti languteka ti gugile.
  • Tshama u ri lontsongo emihleketweni na le vuton’wini. Loko u va na miehleketo ya vuntshwa, u ta va lontsongo.
  • Tshama u tsakile

Acornhoek, yima u vangama. Niika ku vonakala hikuva kuvonakla ka wena ku tile.

Hi khensa vanhu vo tala lava tiyimseleke ku hi khongelela epharixini ya hina, ku hi pfuna hi timali va nkarhi wa vona ku ya emahlweni na ku aka Pherixi leyi.

Maria Assumpta u na 60 wa malembe, yana mahlweni u endla swilo swintshwa, tshama u languta ehandle hi festere. Ky tiendlela/ ku tiyimela eka malembe lawa ku fanele ku va leswi nga swa wena ku ngi ri  ku navela. Ku tiyimela ka wena ku fanele ku ku pfuna ku u tiphina hi malembe ya wena.

  1. Laha ku nga hava switsundzuxo, tiko ra wa; kasi laha ku nga ni vatsundzuxi vo tala ra hlayiseka (Pro 11: 14)

Hikokwalaho makhatolika ma tshika kereke endzhaku ka ripfumelo ro fana nkarhi wo leha: ku pfumala timintsu eka ripfumelo ra wena leri nga timintsu eka xihundla xa mahlomulo na ku pfuka ka Kriste Yesu Kriste a ngo va munhu wo lulama ntsena. A ri n’wana wa Xikwembu loyi a endliweke munhu, u file leswaku hi ta hanya hi laha ku nga heriki, hi va na vuxaka byo rhandzeka na yena. Swi le ka hina ku hlamula xirhambo lexi hi ku tiyimisela hi vutomi bya hina eka yena: “Endla leswaku ku pfumela ka wena ku tala hi rirhandzu ku nga ri ripfumela ra miehleketo ntsena.

Hi fanele ku tsundzuka ku va hi nga twisi lava nga vavisiwa hi van’wana swirho swa kereke ku vava. “Va right” Kereke yi tele hi vadyoyi, ku sukela na khale-ku sukela eku xengeni ka Petro na Yudasi.

Kambe hambi Kereke yi tele hi vadyoyi, ka ha ri yona ya Yin’we, yo kwetsima, Khatolika, Kereke ya Vaapostola, leyi sunguriweke hi Yesu Kriste na ku fambisiwa hi Moya lowo kwetsima. Ku tshika Kereke hi ku yi tele hi vadyoyi swi fana na ku tshika gym hi ku yi tele hi swidudla. A hi laveni ku cinca eKerekeni ya hina na kambe leswi a hi swi laveni endzeni ka makhumbi ya yona.

A hi pfuneni vamakwerhu ku vona tievhangeli ta mavun’wa leti Phameriwaka hi ndhavuko, hi masiku lawa na Xinto xa hina. Hi nga tshembeni ka nchumaelo wa muprista kumbe ku pfuniwa hi yena. Kambe  ku dyondza ku hlalela matswala.

U nga pfumeleli ripfumelo ri va “Xiqhoko xa khale.” Va dyondzise ku vona mahlori na ku pfuka kuntshwa hi mahlo ya vakriste vo sungula va le Acornhoek. Lava nga tsana ripfumelweni ku ya eHosini hi ku tshemebeka, vumunhu na hinkwaswo swi va swintshwa, u ta hi cinca hi tidlela leti hi nga tiehleketeki.

Xa makumu a hi hambaneni na ku hlanganisa ka magandzelo. Hi nga ka hi nga hlanaganisi mati na mafurha; handle loko ma virisiwa swin’we hi ndzilo ku kuma sope yo nadziha. Hi nga ka hi nga hlanganisi ripfumelo ra hina ra xi khatolika na ku tshemba swa xinto.Swi tikomba leswaku ku hava ndzilo ya rirhandzu lowu pfurhaka hi matimba lama yi fambisaka entiyisweni. Loko hi hlanganisa na ku pfumela ko karhi ku endla ripfumelo ri nga ha vi rona. Ri vonaka ri nga ha ri ra ntiyiso. Ri dlaya ripfumelo ra ntiyiso, ri xenga ntiyiso lowu nga wona-wona ku engetela ripfumelo a swi kahle. Hi fanele ku tirha hi matimba ku tiva ku antswa ripfumelo ra hina leswaku hi ta sweka sopo yo nadziha ya ripfumelo ra hina: “U ta gandzela Hosi Xikwembu xa wena ntsena.” (Mt 1:10)

O nge Maria Assumpta a nga hi khongelela eka mintirho ya Pherixi ya hina na le ka varhangeri ku ya mahlweni va aka eka xiyimo xa Ripfumelo leri.

Acornhoek yima u vangama. Ku vonakala ka wena ku tile.

Inkomu hinkwenu.

 
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Thursday 26 November / Luke 21:20-28 The Great Tribulation

Thursday 26 November / Luke 21:20-28  The Great Tribulation

When Jesus tells us about the end of the Jewish nation, He tells us not to worry. And when He tells us about the end of the world, He tells us that we are to stand erect and raise our heads because our redemption is at hand. Why this is so? It is because of the following reasons:

The first is due to our faithfulness to God until the end. In the end, there is only one glory that lasts forever. All human honors will pass. All human glories will pass. The laurels will all wither. The only glory that lasts forever is our fidelity to Christ.

Second, it is because we are grateful to Him. Do you still remember the ten lepers who asked Jesus to be healed? Only one of them came back to Jesus and gave thanks. The other nine might have been guilty of ingratitude and gross neglect of their Savior. 

What is gratitude? It is a deep and intense feeling of owing God for everything we have. But gratitude is more than feeling grateful, it is being grateful which connotes action as a response to God who gives us the gift. Just look at the gift we have received like our own life, have we ever dared think of what nonexistence would be that we might simply not have existed? This simple thought should inspire us to consider deeply and decide firmly what we can do for God and God’s cause in our short life.

And the third is that we are always hopeful. The Son of Man coming in glory and power was an image of hope for the early Christians and us. The Lord has promised us that He would return and reward our fidelity and love; would rise from the dead and He is faithful to His promise; will do it in our lives when we die to ourselves. He promised that we would undergo persecution and rejection for His name, and these have touched every Christian who has lived the faith authentically. But He also promised He would come again and bring the reward, peace and victory for which we yearn. How do we live our hope in our all-powerful King who is to come?

From an unknown source that a number of years ago researchers performed an experiment to see the effect hope has on those undergoing hardship. Two sets of laboratory rats were placed in separate tubs of water. The researchers left one set in the water and found that within an hour they had all drowned. The other rats were periodically lifted out of the water and then returned. When that happened, the second set of rats swam for over 24 hours. Why? Not because they were given a rest, but because they suddenly had hope!

Those animals somehow hoped that if they could stay afloat just a little longer, someone would reach down and rescue them. If hope holds such power for unthinking rodents, how much greater should is effect be on our lives.

 
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The Coming Persecution Wednesday 24 November 2015Daniel 5: 1-6, 13-14.16-17.23-28. Luke 21:12-19

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P1060242[1]Daniel: man of high esteem, great character, God gives him a view of the future. According to Daniel, God has control over human affairs. Among the lions, he is the witness of the power of God. King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians want to train him, Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego to become part of their pagan culture. The 4 boys are inspiring examples of how to live a godly life in an ungodly world. By being faithful you will have a great influence on those around you like Daniel. Gods honors you when you take a stand for what is right. God is in control, He has a plan for the future.

At the same time, “God never promised us an easy journey in life, only safe arrival.” I think this is true because Jesus in today’s gospel says that our life in this world is not an easy one. We should expect thorns in the forms of persecutions, sufferings and hardships; we should learn to bear our crosses and find more meanings in difficulties. But we should not worry because God will provide us the means.

He says: “By patient endurance you will save your lives.” Are we ready to suffer and to shed blood until the end, if necessary, for our faith? It is because Christianity is a religion of martyrdom. Christianity is a religion of the cross. Jesus willingly shed His blood for our sake and He calls us to be martyrs too.  The word martyr in Greek means ‘witness.’ Some theologians in the past said something about being a witness like Tertullian and others. Tertullian said: “The blood of the martyrs is seed.” Cyprian also said: “When persecution comes, God’s soldiers are put to the test, and heaven is open to martyrs. We have not enlisted in an army to think of peace and to decline battle, for we see that the Lord has taken first place in the conflict.” Augustine wrote: “The martyrs were bound, jailed, scourged, racked, burned, rent, butchered and they multiplied!”

God may call some of us to be martyrs. But for most of us our call is to be dry martyrs who bear testimony to the joy of the gospel in the midst of daily challenges, contradictions, temptations and adversities which come our way as we follow the Lord; to witness to the joy, truth and freedom of the gospel; by our life, and real-life testimony. What attracts others to the gospel?  They are attracted to the Gospel and to Christianity when they see us: Christians love their enemies, being joyful in suffering, patient in adversity, pardoning injuries and showing comfort and compassion to the hopeless and the helpless.

What are the marks of a true witness of Christ? David Watson in his, Called & Committed: World-Changing Discipleship (1982 pp. 142-143) said that the marks of a true witness are:

  1. A witness must have a first-hand experience of Christ. Hearsay is not acceptable in a court of law as well as in the court of this world’s opinion. People will listen only to what we have personally seen and heard.
  2. A witness must be able to express himself verbally. We may witness effectively through our lives, our work, our relationships, our attitudes, our suffering and even our death, yet we must still “be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you.” We must do so “with gentleness and respect,” and with the integrity of our lives demonstrating the truth of our words.
  3. A witness will have confidence in the power of God. He relies on the power of the message of Christ and him crucified, and the power of the Holy Spirit. He knows that God can break through any defenses, and change any heart. This confidence will not be brash, but humble and sensitive, marked by much prayer. He knows that without God he can do nothing, but that with God all things are possible.
  4. A witness will have compassion for the spiritually lost. He will care for them as individuals who matter deeply to God: made in his image, redeemed by his Son and to be indwelt by his Spirit.
 
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Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
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PRAYERS FOR CHRIST THE KING

Prayer for consecration

CHRIST, Jesus, I acknowledge You as King of the Universe.

All that has been made has been created for You.

Make full of Your rights over me.

I renew my promises I made in Baptism when I renounced Satan and all his pomps and works. I promise to live a good Christian life. Especially. I undertake to help, to the extent of my means, to secure the triumph of the rights of God and of Your Church.

Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer You my poor efforts so that all hearts may acknowledge Your sacred Royalty and the Kingdom of Your peace may be established throughout the entire universe. Amen.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Our Catholic Church in Shatale is called CHRIST THE KING. Tomorrow there will be mass at 10h00. Also There will be two couples which will get married in Hluvukani on the this feast of Christ the King.

Our Catholic Church in Shatale is called CHRIST THE KING. Tomorrow there will be mass at 10h00. Also There will be two couples which will get married in Hluvukani on the this feast of Christ the King.

Solemnity of Christ the King (B)

Dan 7:13-14; Rev 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

I do not know who said these words but I got these words from the animated movie Lion King that says: “Being brave doesn’t mean you’re looking for trouble.”

Bishop Villegas in his book entitled Jesus In My Heart said that Jesus is king of hearts in every Christian. He elaborated it by way of comparing it with a deck of cards which carries several images of kings. The first image is the king of clubs. A club is an extension of a violent hand. A club is an extension of a hostile man. Christ cannot be king of clubs because Jesus is not here to sow violence. Jesus is not here to sow hostility. Jesus is here as a king of peace. Jesus is here, gentle and humble of heart, not to sow enmity among us. Jesus is here so that all may be brothers and sisters to one another.

Bishop Villegas continued that Jesus could not be king of spades. A spade is used to throw dirt. Jesus is not here to make our lives dirty. Jesus is here to cleanse us from everything that defiles us. Jesus is not the king of spades because Jesus is not in the grave. Jesus is risen from the dead. Jesus is not king of spades because the business of Jesus is not to make other people dirty, to make people look at the grave dug by spades. The business of Jesus is to give hope and purity to us.

Jesus cannot be king of diamonds for he came to bless our poverty. Jesus came to bless our pains and our aches. Jesus is not here to make our lives easier and more comfortable. Jesus is here to give meaning and purpose to our crosses and pains and trials.

But Jesus can only be king of hearts. This is the kind of king that Jesus is. He is the king of the universe because he is the king of hearts.

For us Christians, let us stop our gossiping, intrigues, destruction of one another, our intention to take revenge and others. Let us not be Christians of spades, clubs or diamonds; let us be Christians of hearts. So let us make a loyalty check up with our hearts and see if Jesus is there.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2015 in Uncategorized