Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C: by Wojciech Szypula

  First Reading: Acts 14:21–27; Psalm 145:8–13; Second Reading: Revelation 21:1–5; Gospel: John 13:31-33,34-35 Psalm Psalm 145:8–13 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you. They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power, to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout … Continue reading Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C: by Wojciech Szypula

The Feast of the Sheep

Celebrating the Laity in the Church The Catholic Church is made up of the shepherds and the Sheep of the Clergy and the Laity if you like. After the Second Vatican Council, the role of the laity in the Church has seen a lot of transformation. The lay people have seen their participation in the life of the Church grow from only responses during the celebration of the Sacraments (Passive) to taking part in key decision making bodies in the Church. Many Religious Congregations including the Society of the Divine Word Missionaries, have incorporated a lay group in the religious … Continue reading The Feast of the Sheep

From St. Paul to Pope Francis

  Consecrated Life in 21st Century Brief Historical Overview Christianity has been around in the world for the last 2000 years. We do not know how long it will continue until Jesus returns as he promised (2 Tim 4:1). Here in Africa, Christianity is between 150 and 200 years old depending on which part of Africa you are. Catholicism is one of the major Christian Churches in Africa. When it was first preached, it was presented as a faith based on a lot of Charity. When the missionaries came, the brought with them a lot of goodies from the West. … Continue reading From St. Paul to Pope Francis

Second Sunday of Easter  Year C: Fr. Wojciech Szypula, SVD

  First Reading Acts 5:12–16; Psalm 118:2–4, 13–15, 22–24; Second Reading Revelation 1:9–11, 12–13, 17–19; Gospel John 20:19–31 Psalm: Psalm 118:2–4, 13–15, 22–24 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly; … Continue reading Second Sunday of Easter  Year C: Fr. Wojciech Szypula, SVD

Jesus in the Midst of the Youth

EMMAUS WALK,  EASTER MONDAY 2019 This years Emmaus Walk in Arusha SVD District brought together the youths from three parishes and two outstation, that are run by the Divine Word Missionaries. The journey started at St. Luke outstation in Matepes and culminated in Burka Parish. As usual we began the mass up to the Gloria, then we read the Emmaus Passage from the Gospel of Luke 24:14-35. The two by two we walked meditating upon the passage, the events of Easter and some questions about the youth in the 21st Century. In the midway, we read the First reading and … Continue reading Jesus in the Midst of the Youth

Passion Sunday Year C By Wojciech Szypula, SVD

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4–7 Psalm 22:8–9, 17–20, 23–24; Second Reading Philippians 2:6–11; Gospel Luke 23:1–49 Psalm 22:8–9, 17–20, 23–24  All who see me mock at me; they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; “Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver— let him rescue the one in whom he delights!” For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shriveled; I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me; they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots. But you, O Lord, do … Continue reading Passion Sunday Year C By Wojciech Szypula, SVD

A Moment of Recollection

  On April 6, the friends of SVD, a lay partner group associated with the Divine Word Missionaries, met in the Common Formation Center in Langata Nairobi for a Day of Recollection. This is in preparation for the Easter as is our call as committed Christians. In not so many years ago, spiritual recollections and retreats were thought to be a thing of religious and priests. However, today, many lay people have embraced the spirit of retreating out of their busy day to day activities. This has enhanced to a great extent their understanding of their responsibilities as well as … Continue reading A Moment of Recollection