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Heaven Begins Right Here, Right Now.

Heaven Begins Right Here, Right Now.

*🎤Heaven Begins Right Here, Right Now.🎤*

Homily for Thursday 15th November 2018.

_“The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Lo, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” *Luke 17:20-21*_

For those who wanted to know when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus simply answered: “It is already in your midst.” What is this kingdom of God that is already in our midst? Remember this song:

The time to be happy is now!

The place to be happy is here!

The way to be happy is to make Someone Happy!

And we’ll have a little heaven down here!

The essence of being in heaven is happiness. We experience heaven each time we are able to smile with joy from the depths of our hearts. We experience heaven each time we make someone happy. We experience heaven each time we forgive sincerely from our hearts.

Our first reading today captures the essence of Paul’s letter to Philemon. Onesimus is a slave who ran away from Philemon his master for probably doing something wrong but ended up in Prison where he met St. Paul. Writing to Philemon Paul pleads for forgiveness over Onesimus in these words:

“Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me… welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.” Philemon 1:11-18.

This is heaven, this is God’s kingdom – loving our neighbours as ourselves. This is God’s kingdom – forgiving one another as many as seventy times seven without counting the cost. This is God’s kingdom – seeing the face of Jesus in the people who have offended you like Onesimus.

This is God’s kingdom – putting smiles on people’s faces regardless of how we feel inside. This is heaven – welcoming the earth’s rejected, the sick, the imprisoned, the orphans, giving to these little ones as much as a cup of water without expecting anything in return.

There is no point panicking and running after false prophets. The end of the world will not come in observable signs. Jesus said it will be like a flash of light. For now, let us focus on the heaven that is already in our midst. Let us work towards making the world a better place for everyone we meet.

Today, we remember St. Albert the Great. He was a scientist, philosopher, astrologer, theologian, spiritual writer, ecumenist, and diplomat. In short, Albert is one of the great intellectuals in the history of the Church. To his name are many eminent works of doctrine and natural science. As a Bishop, St. Albert made great efforts to secure peace between peoples and between cities. Albert was beatified in 1622. He was canonized and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on December 16, 1931, by Pope Pius XI and the patron saint of natural scientists in 1941

*Let us pray: Lord Jesus, use me to bring heaven to this world by forgiving and bringing joy to all I meet. Amen.*

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. 

Thursday of the 32n Week in Ordinary Time. 

*Bible Study: Philemon 7-20, Psalm 146:6-10 and Luke 17:20-25*.

-Fr. Evaristus Abu🎷

Mass Readings For Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time: 13th August

Mass Readings For Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time: 13th August

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Reading 1 Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32

The word of the LORD came to me:
Son of man, what is the meaning of this proverb
that you recite in the land of Israel:

“Fathers have eaten green grapes,
thus their children’s teeth are on edge”?

As I live, says the Lord GOD:
I swear that there shall no longer be anyone among you
who will repeat this proverb in Israel.
For all lives are mine;
the life of the father is like the life of the son, both are mine;
only the one who sins shall die.

If a man is virtuous—if he does what is right and just,
if he does not eat on the mountains,
nor raise his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel;
if he does not defile his neighbor’s wife,
nor have relations with a woman in her menstrual period;
if he oppresses no one,
gives back the pledge received for a debt,
commits no robbery;
if he gives food to the hungry and clothes the naked;
if he does not lend at interest nor exact usury;
if he holds off from evildoing,
judges fairly between a man and his opponent;
if he lives by my statutes and is careful to observe my ordinances,
that man is virtuous—he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD.

But if he begets a son who is a thief, a murderer,
or lends at interest and exacts usury–
this son certainly shall not live.
Because he practiced all these abominations, he shall surely die;
his death shall be his own fault.

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Mass Readings For Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time: 5th August

Mass Readings For Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time: 5th August

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Reading 1 Na 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7

See, upon the mountains there advances
the bearer of good news,
announcing peace!
Celebrate your feasts, O Judah,
fulfill your vows!
For nevermore shall you be invaded
by the scoundrel; he is completely destroyed.
The LORD will restore the vine of Jacob,
the pride of Israel,
Though ravagers have ravaged them
and ruined the tendrils.

Woe to the bloody city, all lies,
full of plunder, whose looting never stops!
The crack of the whip, the rumbling sounds of wheels;
horses a-gallop, chariots bounding,
Cavalry charging, the flame of the sword, the flash of the spear,
the many slain, the heaping corpses,
the endless bodies to stumble upon!
I will cast filth upon you,
disgrace you and put you to shame;
Till everyone who sees you runs from you, saying,
“Nineveh is destroyed; who can pity her?
Where can one find any to console her?”
Responsorial Psalm Dt 32:35cd-36ab, 39abcd, 41

R. (39c) It is I who deal death and give life.
Close at hand is the day of their disaster,
and their doom is rushing upon them!
Surely, the LORD shall do justice for his people;
on his servants he shall have pity.
R. It is I who deal death and give life.

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