July 29, 2021frjohnma

“Wherever there is love, there is God. This love goes beyond caste, creed and religion. If we really love our brothers and sisters, including strangers and even enemies, we do not have to worry about loving God. Wherever there is a person filled with real love for others, God manifests and friendship with God is sustained. May the Mother of God and our Mother pray for us so that we may cultivate true friendship with God through constant conversation with him” (Adoration a guide to adorers, p. 10).

It is becoming very clear that our problems as a Church, a Nation, and a World are not strictly speaking religion and ethnicity but the degree of attention given of the family institution. The Catholic Church sees the family as the domestic church. So much so that if one gets it right from the roots of life; the stems, branches and leaves will necessarily flourish. Healthy roots lead to vibrant trees.

Today, the Holy Mother Church celebrates three great icon of the faith that got it right from the family. Martha, Mary and Lazarus were siblings and they were completely given to JESUS CHRIST AS GENUINE FRIENDS. Martha is known for her generosity and hospitality, Mary is celebrated for his contemplative listening that the LORD commended and Lazarus is eulogised for his faith in the resurrection.

A special way to befriend Jesus Christ is for a family to cultivate and practise the holy habit of praying at home together (morning and evening) attending and celebrating the Holy Mass together, visiting Jesus Christ tabernacling in the TABERNACLES of our Chapels of Perpetual Adoration, having a meal together and studying the Word of God through the Bible, spiritual readings of Spiritual writings and the documents of the Catholic Church. We can also go on pilgrimages to various shrines, orphanages, and retreat centres like GAUDIUM ET SPES INSTITUTE, Asokoro for family retreat and renewal programmes.

Guess what, there is so much to do for Jesus Christ our true Friend. He says, “I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father” (John 15:15). Befriend Jesus Christ with the whole of your Family. It is possible!

Prayer Texts: Exo. 40:16-21.34-38 and John 11:19-27


Comments (6)

  • Eby

    July 29, 2021 at 9:54 am

    God is love and His love is what is keeping us. May the Lord bless His words in our hearts+. Thanks Fr.

  • Pauline Otu

    July 29, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Jesus is our all in all. May St Martha, Mary & Lazarus intercede for us all amen. Thank you Father & stay safe.

  • Vicky

    July 29, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    May God always grant us listening ears to his words through the scripture and also grant us a caring and loving attitude towards his creatures.

  • Ebele

    July 29, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Amen.With God all things are possible. Thank you Father.Really enriching!!!We thank God

  • Juliana-Mary Ukeje

    July 30, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks a lot Father for these hints on
    improving individual & families’ friendship with our Lord.
    I have shared with mine accordingly.
    Stay richly blessed.

  • RitaMary Ifeyinwa Nzeribe

    July 30, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you Fr for this prayer reflections. May the Lord always guide our steps towards Him. We pray for the grace to be true friends of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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