((Readings: 1st: Acts 8:5-8.14-17; Ps: 65; 2nd1 Pet 3:15-18; Gos: Jn 14:15-21))

Today is the 6th Sunday of Easter, and as we approach the feast of Pentecost, our holy mother church is inviting us to start celebrating the coming of an Advocate, the spirit of truth and love, the Holy Spirit. The Gospel today is taken from Jesus´ farewell speech before the ascension. Normally in our African tradition, the last words a person says before his “departure” are very important. The disciples we downtrodden upon hearing, that again their master, their teacher, the risen Lord is going to leave them. To whom shall they Go?

Jesus promises not to live his followers as orphans but rather to send them an advocate on one condition: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” And when you do this, he adds: “I shall ask my Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever, that spirit of truth…”.   The Spirit of God enables us to participate in the life of the risen Jesus Christ. The first reading demonstrates how the Holy Spirit came upon the new converts in Samaria who believed in the Gospel and were baptized by the Apostles. Peter and John placed their hands on the new converts, the sacrament of confirmation so that they too might receive the Holy Spirit.

As we prepare for the Pentecost, today we begin to reflect on the nature of the Spirit of God that we also received during our baptism and confirmation.

  • HE IS OUR ADVOCATE (Paracletus)

The title Paraclete comes from the Greek word Parakletos translated as advocate, counselor, or helper. This is a term normally used in courts and refers to the one who stands beside the accused or somebody in difficulties. In the time of Jesus, if one was accused of a crime, and it happened that a well-to-do person (Paraclete) would come forward and stand beside the accused even without saying a word; the persecution would stop immediately and the case was over.  An advocate is someone called in to help in times of trouble or need.

Paraclete means that the spirit would be the protector of the disciples in times of difficulty. The Holy Spirit is always near us and therefore we need not get worried about anything. The Apostles were not threatened nor discouraged by persecutions and difficulties they encountered because the paraclete/Advocate stood with them. No doors could rock them in prison nor could any form of torture stop their mission. No form of difficulty or threat can defeat us when we have the Paraclete.

  • HE IS SPIRIT OF TRUTH (Spiritus Veritatis)

Another worry for the disciples was how to remember all the things Jesus taught them. “When the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you in all the truth, he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare, disclose and reveal to you about the future.” (Jn 16:13) The word of God that the Apostles have written down for us and that is being proclaimed right now is true because it has been inspired by the Holy Spirit, the spirit of truth. The Holy Spirit prevents the transmission of error in the Gospel and it reveals to us the hidden mysteries of God for our salvation. Christians have to be very very careful with the false teachings and doctrines from many false prophets of the 21st century who have not been appointed or inspired by the spirit of truth. The spirit of truth will never mislead the followers of Jesus.


The Holy Spirit is actually the bond of love between God the Father and God the Son. By sending us the Holy Spirit, Jesus enables us to participate in the love we share with his Father.  The presence of the Holy Spirit in us makes it easier for us to love God and therefore to fulfill his commandments. “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love” (Jn 15:9-11). The ability to love God is tested with obedience to God. The spirit of God gives us the power to love, to be generous, and to serve others. The Apostle Paul, in Eph 4:3-6, calls the spirit as a bond that maintains unity in love among believers and between them and God. Let us pray that God will pour his spirit into us to perfect us in the commandment of love for God and neighbor.

In brief dear friend, during baptism and confirmation, we received the Holy Spirit. He is our advocate in times of difficulties, therefore we should worry not. He the spirit of truth, who teaches us the Divine word and reveals the hidden mysteries to us. He has inspired the Divine teachings with nothing but the truth. He is finally, the bond of love between God the Father and God the Son. This bond of love has been extended to believers through baptism and confirmation. May almighty God renew his spirit in us. Amen

Prayer: Come, O Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth, alleluia.

Fr. Antony Muchui, SVD

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“May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the word and the spirit of Grace; and may the heart of Jesus live in the heart of all the people. Amen” SVD Prayer



((Readings: 1st: Acts 6:1-7; Ps: 32; 2nd1 Pet 2:4-9; Gos: Jn 14:1-12))

Today being the 5th Sunday of Easter, we continue to celebrate the triumph of the risen Lord. Our liturgical readings describe to us the image of the Church of God. Peter compares this church to a building. The builder is God himself and the building materials are made up of living stones, the people. The building was begun by laying of the cornerstone, a strong foundation that God made for the whole building. This cornerstone is Jesus and the building began with his resurrection. God continued to lay other stones on this foundation and these are the apostles and those who have believed and were baptized. The foundation is sure and strong, the builder is perfect and therefore this house is safe. No matter how many catastrophes, earthquakes, scandals, or problems hit the church of God, it will always remain firm because her foundation which is the risen Lord is firm and strong.

For instance, in Acts of Apostles 6:1-7, a division arose in the early church. There was tension between the Hebrews and the Hellenists. The Greek-speaking widows complained that the Aramaic-speaking widows were given preferential treatment at the daily distribution of food. The struggle for materialism hit hard the stability of the first Christian community. However, this community survived these external forces because the foundation was strong and the builder was perfect. We are the church; the individuals in the family make up the modern church of God.

What are some of the qualities that we can learn from the early Church that made them stand still amidst challenges?


The first Christian community met often to pray and break the bread. Peter addresses these people as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people of God’s own.  The Apostles dedicated themselves to the work of preaching the word of God. Proclaiming the word of God was central to their life. The holy spirit animated their life and this fortified the church. We also share the divine life of God; (a) by actively participating in the Eucharistic celebration and properly receiving the body and blood of Christ in the Holy Communion. b) By the worthy reception of the other sacraments.  c) By the meditative and daily reading of the Word of God.  d) By following the guidance of the life-giving Spirit of God, living within us.  e) By communicating with God, the source of life, in personal and family prayers.  We must not allow the care of the mundane and worries of this world to distract us from our basic call as Holy people as the disciples took precautions: “It will not be right for us to neglect the word of God so as to give out food…we will hand over this duty and devote ourselves to prayer and to the service of the word of God”. (Acts 6:3)


Another factor that fortified the early Christian community was their unity, solidarity and service to the needy. People contributed together whatever they had and it was distributed fairly to the needy. This was a generous community and nobody lacked the basic needs. People admired them and God added to their numbers making the community grow tremendously. However, when the Apostles realized the work of distributing food to the needy was too much and causing confusion and division, they delegated this duty to seven men elected by people of good standing, full of the spirit and of wisdom, whom they appointed to the task of distributing the food (6:3).  This is the root of diaconate ordination. We must not neglect or take for granted the social and material needs of our brothers and sisters.


The church is unfortunately built with weak blocks, sinners, and imperfect people. A division arose among the first Christians on the basis of materialism. However, the Apostles fixed it immediately by calling for a meeting in which they selected seven deacons to take over the task of food distribution. If the disciples had clanged to their power and authority, it would have collapsed the church. The development of hierarchical structures came to fix the problem at hand. In every community or family, disputes will always emerge because we are human. However, the secret of every community is the ability to develop interior structures to counter problems.

Finally, Jesus assures us today, his fellow priests, of a place in his kingdom. “Let not your hearts be troubled…there are many rooms in my fathers’ house…so that where I am you may be too.” This is a clear indication that by virtue of baptism, we are truly children of God and share in the priesthood and loyalty of Jesus Christ. In addition, Jesus tells us: “I am the way and the truth and the light (Via, veritas, Lucis). Therefore, if we follow him and fashion our priesthood and priestly life after his, we shall all be in where He is now.

In brief, as the church of God, we can not stand if we do not recognize the fact that Jesus is our foundation stone and without him, our struggles are in vain. Our journey is full of challenges and obstacles, but if we rely on the Grace of God in the sacraments, we shall all remain firm as the Church of God. May the word of God be the light to your feet and may the Eucharist strengthen you and grant you the grace you need on your heavenly journey. Amen

Prayer: May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you. Amen Ps 32:22

Fr. Antony Muchui, SVD

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“May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the word and the spirit of Grace; and may the heart of Jesus live in the heart of all the people. Amen” SVD Prayer

Authentic Life in Christ

Sunday readings in brief 5 Easter A

Acts 6:1-7; Psalm 32(33); 1 Peter 2:4-9; Jn 14:1-12

Authentic Life in Christ

Dear friends, today is the fifth Sunday of Easter. We have one more Sunday before the ascension of our Lord into heaven. The readings today present Christ to us as both a Sacrament to some and an invisible stumbling block to others. Sacrament in the sense of the visible sign of invisible reality and an invisible stumbling block in that those opposed to his teachings stumble on their way because they cannot stand before the truth.

Imagine a rope tied across the street, which cannot be seen by our physical eyes but by faith only. How many of us will see it and how many will stumble upon it? This is what Christ is to the world in the words of St. Peter in the second reading today (1 Pt 2:7-8). Those who believe him and follow his ways will always walk in the light and will never stumble. However, those who reject or oppose his ways will always stumble upon him. People who live in lies and malice will always stumble in front of the truth. Those who perpetuate evil in the cover of darkness will always stumble at the slightest grim of the light.

Faith in Christ is supposed to open our minds and spirits to be able to see the truth and profit from it. Today many men and women are afraid of the truth because it calls for great responsibility. Living in lies seems easy but every time we are confronted by the truth, we find it difficult even to breathe. Take for example someone who lives in falsehood in a community. He or she must work very hard to keep those around from discovering the truth. It can be very tiresome to live a life of covering one’s tracks not to be discovered. However, those who embrace the truth have it easy because no matter how much we try to paint it otherwise, it is always self-evident. The Pharisees and the high priest denied the fact that Christ was the messiah of God. however, they had to conflict with the truth laid bare to everyone. They themselves looked like fools trying to fight against the disciples who were preaching the resurrection while the lay people were able to see the light.

Jesus said to Philip, “To have seen me is to have seen the Father” (Jn 14:9). The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that Sacraments are visible signs of an invisible reality. Jesus came to the world to make visible the reality of God that the prophets were unable to present because of human limitations. With his life, teachings, and sacrifice, Jesus revealed who God is and how he operates. God is compassionate, loving, caring, uplifting, forgiving, patient, truthful, faithful, and so on. Though God tried many times to present his reality through prophets, the world was too blinded by sin to appreciate it. Christ, God made man like us, was the only one who was able to present God’s reality in a simple way that only requires faith to be able to appreciate.

The world is still looking for signs even when the truth is laid bare for everyone to see and make a choice. The challenge men and women have when it comes to embracing the truth is paying the price and taking responsibility. Many want to possess every good thing but very few are willing to pay the price and take responsibility for them. You cannot have both the truth and lies mixed together. one has to make a brave choice between them.

Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (Jh 14:6). If we want to see God, we must faithfully follow Jesus’ teachings. If we want to know the truth, we must reflect deeply upon his teachings, and if we want to have life, we must live authentically his teachings. If we are not faithful in following him, do not have time to reflect upon his teachings, and are not authentic in living according to his teachings, we will not benefit from his presence and promises. As Christians, our vocation is to become sacraments of Christ to the world so that those encountering us will not ask us to show them, Christ.  

Dear friends, God made the world so beautiful and full of opportunities and good things for both humans and beasts. He has given basic knowledge to all creatures to survive in the world. However, the wisdom to live fulfilling lives on earth is only given to men and women who seek it with sincere hearts. It is like a hidden treasure that we have to work hard to discover every day. complaining about reality does not change it but worsens it. How much time do we spend complaining about things that fix them?

Have a blessed Sunday

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD

The Good Shepherd

Sunday readings in brief 4 Easter Year A

Acts 2:14,36-41; Psalm 22(23); 1 Peter 2:20-25; John 10:1-10

The Good Shepherd

Dear friends, today is the fourth Sunday of Easter in the liturgical Cycle year A. In the Gospel reading, Jesus presents himself as the Good Shepherd and enumerates the most important qualities of a good shepherd. It is for this reason that on this Sunday the Church Celebrates Christian vocations. “Vocation” is derived from the Latin word “Vocatio” which means to call someone to lead a particular way of life. The most common vocations in the Christian way of life are Married life and Celibate Religious life. A vocation is different from a profession or a career. One can opt for different careers while vocations tend to be mutually exclusive. When vocations are mixed, it is difficult to escape conflict of interests.

Those who feel inclined to either of the vocations require sincere discernment, thorough training, and mature commitment in order to lead a fruit way of life and become shepherds to others. Children learn from adults and many of them get attracted to what they observe and encounter. Proper upbringing is done through good examples. Parents must learn and strive to demonstrate to their children the joy of being married. Religious celibate persons must too learn and strive to be good models for the young ones.

Unfortunately, our society today is lacking good examples for young people to emulate. One day a young mother went to pick up her little daughter from school very drunk. On their way back, the mother was hauling unspeakable insults to someone on the phone, and due to careless driving, she caused a minor accident. They were both taken to the police station and the mother was detained for hours. When the alcohol had dissipated, they were allowed to go home after paying a heavy fine. When they reached home, the little girl told her mother, “Mom, I don’t want to be an adult”.

Today Jesus presents to us the qualities of a good shepherd. Unlike our traditional shepherds who go behind the flock beating and pushing them out of the stay into the fields, the good shepherd calls the sheep by their names and leads them from the front making way for them as he searches for good pastures. Both parents and religious leaders are supposed to teach by example. It is extremely difficult for someone to convince others to behave in a certain manner while he or she behaves otherwise.

The disciples of Jesus led by Peter were able to lead many listeners to conversion because all could see in them what they were preaching. Jesus was conspicuously present in their mission. Their very presence was attracting people to come close and listen. Today, instead of attracting, preachers use all crooked means to lure, coax or force people to follow them for profit. The cultic models of faith and worship we are witnessing today are enough evidence. Instead of using proper induction into true Christian culture and values, in order to attain meaningful living here on earth and hope for eternal life, cults have become sort of shortcuts to quick wealth, fame, political powers, and including eternal life. In the name of Jesus, we have many false prophets misleading ignorant members of society.

Dear friends, even with so many incidences people seem not to learn. Matters of faith are not to be taken for granted at all because they speak to the soul. Those entrusted with instruction of the souls must be thoroughly vetted before they are allowed to go out there. Instead of conviction based on a factual presentation of religious tenets, many unlawful faith ‘outlets’ go the radicalization way as a shortcut to get quick returns in terms of contributions from their followers. The commercialization of faith and advertisement of miracles is the new age booming business. The thin membrane left between secular and religious life has also broken with the digitalization of faith.

I invite each one of us today to think about the status quo and see if there is something you and I can do, however little it may, be to salvage whatever we can before the world around us break apart.

Have a blessed Sunday

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD




((Readings: 1st: Acts 2:14.36-41; Ps: 22; 2nd1 Pet 2:20-25; Gos: Jn 10:1-10))

The 4th Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday and it is the World “Day of Prayer for Vocations.” Today we celebrate Christ, who is not only risen but also a good shepherd who continues to tend and rear his flock. A shepherd is a person who tends or rears the sheep. His job is to protect his flock from wild animals and guide them to good pastures with plenty of food and water. In Old Testament times, a shepherd was either the youngest boy in the village/family or a hired laborer.

In the Old Testament, the image of the Shepherd is often applied to God as well as to the leaders of the people.   The prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel compare Yahweh’s care and protection of His people to that of a shepherd.   “He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them against His breast and leading the mother ewes to their rest.” (Is. 40:11).  Ezekiel represents God as a loving shepherd who searches diligently for the lost sheep.  Psalm 23 is David’s famous picture of God as The Good Shepherd: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.  In green pastures you let me graze, to safe waters you lead me.”

There we also bad shepherds in Israel, mostly hired laborers, who neither protected the flock nor led them to good pastures.  Jer. 23:1: “Doom for the shepherds who allow the flock of my pasture to be destroyed and scattered.”   Ez. 34: 2: “Trouble for the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves!  Shepherds’ ought to feed their flock.”

In the New Testament Christ is the Good Shepherd because of his love for the flock. Everyone who is entrusted with the care of others is a shepherd too.  Hence pastors, parents, teachers, doctors, nurses, government officials, etc. are all shepherds. We become good shepherds by loving those entrusted to us, protecting them from physical and spiritual harm, and guiding them in the right path. To be a good shepherd therefore we ought to possess the following 3 basic qualities:

  • HE KNOWS HIS SHEEP AND HIS SHEEP HEAR HIS VOICE: The Palestinian shepherds knew each sheep of their flock by name, and the sheep knew their shepherd and his voice. Similarly, Jesus knows each one of us by name Before you were born, I knew you” (Jer 1:5), He knows our needs, our worries, our pains, our joy, our weaknesses, and our strength.  He loves us as we are, with all our limitations, and he expects us to return his love by keeping his word. Every good shepherd therefore ought to know his flock, be close to them, and accept them with all their limitations. We must build a good relationship with our flock based on love, trust and mutual respect. A good shepherd goes ahead of the sheep and they follow him because they recognize his voice.
  • HE PROTECTS HIS SHEEP. “I give them eternal life and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand” (Jn 10:18). A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Jesus did not allow humanity to perish in their sinfulness, therefore, leaving heaven He entered the sinful humanity and by dying on the cross he paid the price for our sins. Through His Word and the sacraments, Christ is always present to guide and protect us.

 In brief, God is above you to Bless you, below you to support you; before you to guide you to greener pastures, behind you to protect you; beside you to comfort you and inside you to give you strength and joy. As shepherds, we must be ready to protect our flocks from the physical, spiritual, and psychological wolves all the time.  This demand keeps our interest aside for the sake of our flocks. We must be ready to lay down our lives for the sheep (Jn 10:11).

  • HE GOES IN SEARCH OF STRAY LAMBS AND HEALS THE SICK ONES. In the parable of the lost sheep (Mt 18:10-14), the shepherd leaves the 99 others on the mountains and searches high and low for the lost sheep. When the shepherd finds the lost sheep, he rejoices over it that the 99 who did not go astray. This is how God will rejoice when a sinner returns to Him than over the many righteous persons who do not need to repent. Our concern as parents, leaders, and the church should be on the weak, sinners, and the lost so that we can bring them back to the flock. May God grant us special grace to love and search for the lost sheep.

As we celebrate Christ the Good Shepherd, we are reminded that we are also shepherds at different levels. As shepherds, we need to know our flocks and love them, protect them, guard them from harm, and search for the lost ones. Let us pray for more vocations (priests and religious) in our church so that we can have more faithful shepherds who will take care of the flock entrusted to them by the Father. As the sheep of God’s flock, let us heed the daily call of Christ our good shepherd who has spoken to us through the scripture.

PRAYER: Good Shepherd, grant me the grace to generously respond to your call. Amen

   Fr. Antony Muchui, SVD

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“May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the word and the spirit of Grace; and may the heart of Jesus live in the heart of all the people. Amen” SVD Prayer

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