This Sunday’s Gospel Message from the Priest

12th Ordinary Sunday Gospel Message

Mark 4:35-41

Life is full of storms. At times, they can become so strong and strange that our human strength can no longer support us. At such moments fear and complaints, he might take over the central stage of our life. Even in some cases, we might lose our faith in God, thinking that he has abandoned us, or that he does not exist. These storms come in different forms.

They could be problems in our marriage, our children who are not responding well, lack of a good job, insufficient finance, inability to procreate, or a prolonged sickness that has defiled all treatments. They could also be the inability to find or maintain a fair and stable relationship or fall out with people all the time. They could also be poor results in our academics or business. The list is unending, but these represent the realities we face every day. Brethren, the truth is that there is no assurance that our lives would be utterly free of storms. However, the good news is that there is an assurance that Christ is with us to help us succeed.

There are two fundamental truths that the gospel reveals to us about these problems. The first is that Christ is with you in that boat and is aware of the storm in your path. So, you cannot be with Him and yet sink. It is not possible! The second is that you cannot overcome your storms alone, no matter how experienced you think you are navigating your boat. Hence, Christ tells us: “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” There is no doubt that his disciples made much effort to control their boat before inviting Christ. However, when they failed, they cried out: “Lord, do you not care if we perish?” Of course, Christ intervened because he assured us: “Call upon me in times of trouble, and I will help you” (Ps 50: 15).

Finally, there are three things we must continue to do. First, rather than live in fear, sit and complain like Job, or give up completely, let us cry out and invite the Lord to help us. This is because: “Our help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth” (Ps 121, 1-2). Second, we must continue to show profound faith in God, Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Faith makes us believe that God created us in love, sustains us with his providence and will save us through his mercy. Third, we must continue to be thankful to God in all circumstances of our life.

11th Ordinary Sunday Gospel Message

Mark 4:26-34

In today’s gospel, Christ uses two parables to describe the kingdom of God. The kingdom he invites us to is a simple and peaceful one. It is open to all who seek it with a sincere heart. The easiest way to enter into it is by sowing a seed of faith in Christ. This is the key.

Hence, in the second parable, the mustard seed, the smallest seed, refers to our faith. “If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed…nothing will be impossible for you” (Mt 17, 20). This includes entering the kingdom of God. However, it is important to note that the authenticity of our faith must be tested.

Faith grows, and when it does, it achieves great things. As it grows, it leads us to Christ and, consequently, to his kingdom. Our faith also draws others to Christ and his church, the visible sign of God’s kingdom on earth. As Christ says: “The birds of the air come to take shelter under its branches.”

How does our faith draw others to Christ? When we demonstrate or bear a good testimony of our individual and collective faith, the result is excellent. Lives could be touched and transformed. A few persons might come to believe in God.

Fr. Wifridus Ngalla, cicm

10th Ordinary Sunday Gospel Message

Mark 3:20-35

Today’s gospel narrates Jesus’ encounter with his people and family. They though he was out of his mind. They accused him of being possessed when he was actually liberating the possessed. They were ready to restrain him with false charges. They wished to tame his miraculous works and powerful preaching. In spite of all these, He remained focused.

Every true disciple of Christ is, His brother, sister, mother and a member of his victorious family. He came to save all who are ready to do the will of God. Of course, Mary his Mother is a great model of this for all of us. Hence, Christ did not disrespect his own faithful mother. Rather, he teaches an important lesson today. That, through faith and obedience to God’s will, we all have the opportunity to become members of his victorious and happy family.

Also, Christ reminds us that it is not status, but action in response to God’s call that determines who belongs to his victorious family. To become part of the victorious family of Christ is a dynamic process. It flows from a personal encounter with Christ. It also flows from faithfulness and obedience to God’s will. Hence, if we are disciples of Christ, we must prove it through our faith and obedience to God’s will.

Fr. Wifridus Ngalla, cicm

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Sunday Gospel Message

Mark 14:12-16;22-26

In our Gospel passage today, we then heard of the account from the Gospel of St. Mark of the Institution of the Holy Eucharist during the Last Supper, which happened just before the Lord was to begin His Passion, His suffering and death. He gave His disciples the bread that He has blessed, prayed over and broken up, sharing with them His own Most Holy and Precious Body, with the words, ‘Take this. It is My Body.’ And afterwards, He also shared the chalice or cup filled with the wine He has also blessed, and told them that that wine is His Blood, the Blood of the New Covenant.’ When the Lord said this to His disciples, He truly meant it as He said that the bread is His Body and the wine is His Blood.

May the Lord, our God and Saviour, Who has given us all His Most Holy and Precious Body and Blood in the Eucharist, continue to bless us all and guide us in our journey of faith throughout our lives. May He empower and strengthen each and every one of us so that in all the things that we do, so that by our worthy lives and by our proper respect and belief in the Real Presence of the Lord, more and more people may come to the Lord and be healed by Him, and seek Him as their Lord and Saviour, now and always.

Fr. Wifridus Ngalla, cicm

Holy Trinity Sunday Gospel Message

Matthew 28:16-20

Today we celebrate one of the greatest mystery of our Christian faith, the Holy Trinity. This celebration reminds us that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are working together. They are never separated, though, each one of them is a distinct divine person. There is unity of essence and relation within the three divine persons.

In today’s the gospel, Christ himself revealed the mystery of the three divine persons to us. He revealed this with a mandate: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit.” This is the trinitarian formula.  So, any sincere prayer offered in the name of the Holy Trinity bears a mark of excellence.

Today, the church reminds us that the three divine persons are not divided in their actions of grace. Instead, they work and walk together. They have the same mission, which is, the salvation of the world. The Father sent the Son to redeem the world. And the Father and the Son sent us the Holy Spirit as our Counselor and Advocate. None of them have absolute dominance of a particular period or time. This is because, in spite of being three distinct persons, the have one essence. They are eternally one and united.

Therefore, what we celebrate today is a model for our unity. We have many lessons to learn from the Holy Trinity. The most important is that, like the Holy Trinity, we can live and work together as one family of God. This is because, we bear one and the same image of God, and were baptized by the same Spirit of God whose mark we bear. So, in spite of our individual personalities and differences unity is possible and a fundamental option.

Fr. Wifridus Ngalla, cicm