Miracles Do Happen When We Cooperate With God’s Command

03-26-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

It is one of the most precious things in life to have a house and a home into which one can go at any time and find rest and understanding and peace and love. That was doubly true for Jesus, for He had no home of His own: He had nowhere to lay His head. (Luke 9:58) In the home at Bethany, He had just such a place. There, three people loved Him & there He could find rest from the tension of life. Their house was a home for Him.


God Looks At The Heart

03-19-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

The first reading and the gospel have a common message, in the sense that both readings present to us the human and divine way of seeing things. Most often human judgment is defective because it looks at outside appearance while divine light looks at the inner core of the person, which is the heart. The divine wisdom of God far outweighs the human wisdom and knowledge. God saw something in young David which Jesse and his sons could not recognize. David was in the field tending the sheep of his father when God chose him to be the leader and king of His people. Even though he was young and inexperienced, God saw his heart and chose him to lead His people. His strength and success came not from himself but from God who anointed him with the power and wisdom of His own spirit.


Jesus Is Our Living Water

03-12-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

The first reading narrates how the people of Israel complained against Moses because they have no water to drink. Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people, a little more and they will stone me.” The Lord told Moses to strike the rock with his staff and water will flow from it for the people to drink. Moses struck the rock which made water come out and the people had more than enough. The provision of water for the people in the desert demonstrates to us that God cares for His people whenever they are in need. It is also a sign that God is the one who sustains our lives. If God can make water flow in the desert, it means that God can sustain our lives even in the most difficult moments and situations of our lives. In the desert of our lives, let us always call to God and He will answer and provide for us.


Greater Holiness of Life

03-02-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

The liturgy of this second Sunday of Lent invites us on a faith journey to a greater holiness of life, through a profound life of prayer, charity and fasting. These exercises, when done in humility of spirit, draw us closer to God. The journey towards holiness requires faith which motivates us to a life of true prayer and sacrifice. The first reading is a call of Abraham to begin a journey of faith to an unknown destination but known to God who called him. The period of Lent is also a call to begin a journey of faith that will culminate in the death and resurrection of Christ at Easter. Abraham steps out with faith not knowing where he was going but relies on the fact that God is a faithful one who will always keep His promises. As we continue our journey in this season of grace let us not lose sight that His promises are eternal, and God will give us the graces we need.


Be Grounded in the Word of God

02-26-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

The readings of today present us with a picture of the temptations of Adam and Eve and the temptations of Jesus. The first reading narrates the fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve and how their fall brought sin and death to the world. St. Paul says in the second reading, sin, death entered into the world through the sin and fall of one man. We need to know what makes sin possible and how to overcome the temptation of falling into sin. Sin consists of a free act by which one cuts herself/himself from God. Adam and Eve were free to make their choices and they did it against the will of God. One of the things that leads us into sin is the choices we make.


Annual Report

02-19-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

Beloved Parishioners,

It has been an amazing experience walking along this faith journey with you these eight months as your pastor. The great spirit I see in you gives me a lot of encouragement and I am so excited to be your pastor and priest.


Choose Life and Live

02-12-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

In the first reading from the book of Sirach, Ben Sirach tells us to choose between life and death. What it means is that it is in the capacity of human beings to choose what they want in life. God does not interfere with our human freedom.


Add Flavor

02-05-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

In the ancient period and time of Jesus, salt was of a great value. It serves multiple purposes. It was used to purify things. When things like fruits and vegetables were sensed to be contaminated, salt was used to wash and purify it. The Romans said that salt was the purest of all things because it came from the purest of things, the sun and the sea. It was used for preservatives, thus, to keep meat from decaying salt was used to keep it fresh. However, the greatest and most obvious quality of salt is that salt lends flavor to things. We all know how insipid a food without salt tastes. Thus Jesus, very much aware of the great value of salt in His time, uses it to point to His followers what they are expected to be.


Jesus: The Beatitude

01-29-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

Today’s gospel reading on the beatitudes comes from the Gospel of Matthew 5:1-12. The beatitudes appeared also in the Gospel of Luke 6:20-26. There is a slight difference between Matthew’s account and that of Luke’s. Matthew presents the sermon on the Mountain while in Luke’s it is on the plain. Another thing we may notice is that while Matthew gives us eight (8), Luke gives us four and included woes to match the corresponding beatitudes.


God Calls Each of Us to Follow Him

01-22-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

In the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, says “The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light, upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light is shone”. What this prophecy means is that the light of God will always overcome darkness. No matter how dark it may seem, the light of God will always shine forth.


Behold Jesus Who Takes Away the Sins of the World

01-15-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

Isaiah, in the first reading, tells of the servant whom the Lord will show his glory. This servant is destined to raise up the tribes of Jacob and restore the survivors of Israel. There is no other person than Jesus who was born for us during Christmas. He is that servant whom John the Baptist points out to us in the Gospel.


Jesus Is The Star That Guides All People

01-08-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

Today, being the feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate Jesus the incarnate word being revealed to all the nations of the world. The Church calls it, the feast of appearance or manifestation of the Lord. Epiphany comes from the Greek word and means “Manifestation”.


Mary Kept All These Things in Her Heart

01-01-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Anthony Okolo, C.S.Sp, V.F.

The first reading of today is a prayer of blessing given to Moses by God as the format of blessing over the people. It is very profound that such prayer comes in as our first reading today as the year begins.