“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future” Jer. 29:11. On this special feast of Our Lady of Fatima I remember the scripture quoted above. Mary did not know that she was to give birth to Christ when she grew up, BUT God knew she was to do it. Most of us did not know where will their end be BUT God knew and knows what we will become. I did not know that one day I will be a priest and a missionary one BUT today I am. I know God knew and had plans that I become one.
My heart tells me that God is calling each one of us to be missionaries in our daily lives. This we can always do, not by preaching but by living the Gospel. Mary was called to be Mother not because she was better than anyone else, it was because of the Gospel values she had. These we also have and with the gifts God has given to us can be clearly seen. With this we can go around the whole world to preach the good news and save souls.
Please note that you are where you are not by chance but God’s choosing. His hand formed/ knitted you to be the who you are. He compares you with no one else, to Him you are one of a kind. Live like the one of the kind, be the Gospel itself among the people you are living with. Listen to what the prophet says, “Since you are precious and honored in my sight and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life” Is. 43:4. You are wonderfully made and special in God’s eyes, make your creator proud by living the Gospel. Be like Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, be exemplary to all the people and trust in God.
Cast all your burdens unto Him for He cares for you!!! Look at the things/ areas that you you need to let go, put all those to His hands as your creator and he will surprise you. Know that He still makes the way like He did with the Israelite’s in the wilderness. May the good Lord bless us and give us the courage to do good.
By Fr. Thembela
On the 25th April morning hours there was something unusual in the Diocese of Queenstown. There were smiles on almost all faces that were there at the Cathedral. Everyone was there in good time, laity, youth, brother, sisters, priests and the Bishop Himself. The celebration commenced with Holy Mass led by the Bishop.
The Vicar General, Fr. Siphiwo Vanqa welcomed everyone who was there and congratulated all those living the consecrated life as the function was about their life, he also invited Sr. Lucia to light the special candle which was a symbol and a special prayer for us to God for many people joining this life in our diocese. The bishop helped everyone to get the clue of what is it that we were celebrating, how important is this life and the dedication from the people living it. In his homily he encouraged the youth to consider joining this life and at the same time encouraged a good married life which is a base for vocations. He also mentioned that its never late for anyone to join this life as we can contribute in their life. He mentioned that we can always visit the sisters, brothers and priests living this kind of life and be informed of their spirituality and live it at our different places. He also encouraged people to be the associates of those living the consecrated life. The music was so uplifting and thanks to the youth themselves who were more than prepared and excited in preparing and also leading Mass. With what I saw that day, I feel that after this celebration The Diocese of Queenstown will never be the same!!!
May God help us with many good and original vocations in this diocese. By Fr. Thembela
St. Paul in his letter to Thessalonians writes: “Thank God in everything” 1Thess 5:18 no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus! Ask yourself if you have thanked God today, since the morning. did you at least say thank you to anyone today? How many people did you bless today and how many did you curse? Did you thank Him for the unique person you are and the people around you, no matter how poor they are? Thank Him now for the wonder of your being and ask Him to be with you always. Ask Him to guide you all the way and give you strength to be the person He wants you to be. Be at peace with the who you are and allow God’s Word to penetrate your mind and soul!
Be still and know that I am your God!!! That”s the song He is whispering to you as you loose hope because of circumstances. Come back to Him, He cares for you.
Let us reflect a bit good friend, as believers in Christ, we can be bubbling over with life. We can be vibrant, alive, active, energized, peaceful and also joy-filled. Let us make it known that it is our approach to God that determines our attitude and also countenance. When we approach God with boldness, thankful for His grace and confidence that He loves, cares and is for us, we can’t help it but be full of life. Each of us should ask him/herself if we do give God the praise as we should. Let us join hands together and say in prayer, Father, I am thankful that I don’t have to approach You through the law, but i can come boldly to You as I am. Come to Your throne because of Your amazing grace. So much thanks to You Father for Your grace to me, my family and all those surrounding me. Thank You for brightening my day and life, thanks for allowing me to be a light for the world to see.
Remember, in Jesus Christ who is light to us and the light of the world we see light and get love. Let us therefore be the light of the world and make sure our light is shinning and brightly starting from today!
God’s blessings upon you!!!
Fr. Thembela (email@example.com)
St. Peter writes in his first letter, “wrap yourselves all in humanity to be servants of each other, because God refuses the proud and will always favour the humble (1 Pet. 5:5),” today as the church we celebrate the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist. We are being reminded in a special way to be humble servants of God. To be a child of God does not guarantee you a simple or easy life but life full of challenges! As the children of God we are at a high risk of loosing the who we are in the process as our enemy who is devil in this case is always prowling round like a roaring lion, let us then be calm but vigilant so says our today’s reading. We are therefore re-sent today from the Gospel “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation”lets go look for Jesus all over the world and to anyone we meet on the streets and so on.
We have a mission to be accomplished today, that is, to look for God in someone you might consider to be poor and even lowly. Try to get some ways to know that person in a special way or at a deeper level, ask God to show you what you can do to uplift the person. Think about the new lesson you have just learnt from the person, remember in each one of us we see God because we are made in His image and likeness! If you dedicate yourself in doing this God will work with you and confirm the Word you preach by the signs that accompanied it. Nobody said it will be easy but lets continue to be witnesses of the Kingdom! Walk tall and do it, you can do it, not tomorrow nor next month but NOW!!!
God’s blessings upon you!!! Love and peace, go out and challenge the world with the who you are!!!
By Fr. Thembela (firstname.lastname@example.org)