YOUR GOD WILL NOT BE
By FR. MICHAEL ACHILE UMAMEH
For Zion's sake I will not be silent
for Jerusalem sake I will not be quiet until her saving justice
dawn like a bright light and her victory like a blazing touch
Yahweh has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
Never again, shall I give your grain
to feed your enemies.
Never again will foreigners drink
the wine for which you labored. (Isaiah 62:8)
The love of the Lord is everlasting
upon those who hold Him in fear. He tears open the heaven and comes
down whenever we sincerely and persistently call upon Him. Our
assurance in this ever present God must be renewed every now and
then with the examples and testimonies of all those whose life is a
commentary on the God who is not silent on issues that affects
The story of Bartimaeus become a
template and a platform on which our faith could rise and be
uplifted to that place of intervention.
In Mark 10:46-52 Bartimaeus was a
blind beggar who sat along the road begging for alms and longing
for a passing dew of human kindness to give him a temporary
refreshment. The sorry situation of being a blind beggar was made
much bitter by an uncaring crowd that almost deprived him of the
opportunity that makes an eternal difference.
The story of Bartimaeus, the crowd
and the Jesus encounter holds life changing lessons and metaphors
for us. Blindness could be in us a physical, mental, social or
spiritual state in life, blindness could mean reaching an end of
the road situation or a form of stagnation that could befall anyone
in life. Bartimaeus knew he was physically blind and needed beyond
passing generosity a generosity that could change his life
As a Christian are you aware of the
area of your own blindness? Have you lost a vision of life? Are you
groping through life and not knowing where you stand? Where you are
going? Is there in your life a cloudy and hazy feeling about the
future? Do you feel lost in the scheme of things? Then there is the
need to ask for discernment and learn from the courage of
Bartimaeus sat at the roadside
begging while a throng of people move along to Jerusalem, the city
of the living God, the palace of gold, to contemplate beauty and
splendor of his Shekinah glory and there feast. He was not only
blind He was equally being left behind. But he made up his mind
that this situation must change. Is it possible that in your life
you seem to have reached a bus stop? A feeling of stagnation,
nothing seems to be moving for you? Promotions are not coming?
Business is not growing? No growth in spiritual life? Do you feel
unnoticed, unrecognized, forgotten and left behind? Has life been
unfair to you and you seem trapped in a broken past? Holed up by
debt? Limited by ill-health or family burden? There is a time to
rise. This is the time, rise now!
If you think there can be no water
in the desert ask the Oasis, if you think there can be no
prosperity in the period of famine and economic melt-down ask
Joseph. If you think that your stagnation is final, ask Lazarus who
rose, if you think the prison doors of stagnation are too heavy for
you ask Peter, even iron gates open of its own accord for God will
not be silent about you.
The crowd of troubles and problems
may try to shut you out, the crowd of unbelieving people may try to
hold you down; the crowd of self-pity and self-defeating mentality
may try to silence you; Crowd of regrets and unfulfilled past,
crowd of unfruitful ideas, crowd of useless friendship, crowd of
unproductive activity may want to stamp you out forever. Do not
give up; do not give in; shout all the louder only the voice over
the storm will get the help it needs.
No matter the crowd of pains and
discouragements Jesus will hear your voice. No matter what they do
to eclipse you, Jesus won't pass you by; even in the receiving
crowd; receive Christ. Even in the madding crowd; let your gaze be
steady on Christ. He visits His people to set them free.
For at the name of Jesus you will be
saved. His name is a strong tower and the righteous run to it and
they are saved (Prov. 18:10). His name is higher above all other
names, this name saves you. The rising sun has come to visit us
from on high. He will give light to those who sit in darkness and
those who dwell in the shadow of death (Lk. 1:78-79).
And "Jesus stopped and said, "call
Him (Mk 10:49). How awesome our God is. The one who stopped the red
sea, that the Israelite may pass on dry ground; the one who stops
the movement of seasons; who stops time and eternity, the one who
makes the mountain to leap like rams and who seas and wind obeys;
he has stopped everything to attend to your cry. He has stopped to
give you a portion among the great (Isa. 53:12) then you shall call
and the Lord will answer you; you shall cry for help and the Lord
will say: Here I am (Isa. 58:9).
Now He has stopped to stop the
situation frustrating you. He has stopped to say something to your
situation. He has stopped to be your saving advocate. Whatever is
your situation it will listen to Him? The one who calms the storm
in Galilee wants to calm the storm of the present moment.
Jesus will never be silent upon our
situation: He comes to announce the arrival of joy; He inaugurates
you into lasting victory; He gives your opportunity for a perpetual
testimony. He announces a year of favour, as year of Jubilee of
Arise, shine in his light come to
Him with your burden. He is relocating you. His allocation never
fails. He makes your destiny secure. He plants you besides flowing
waters and whatever you do henceforth you will prosper. Throw off
the cloak of the past failures and misfortune. He is doing
He intervenes in your situation;
giving you a new place, making you a new person and resuming a new
match of life along with Him.
You will no longer sit along the
roadside of life blind, begging and stagnated because JESUS will
not be silent bout you.
Take courage; get up; Jesus calls
you to a new life.
Oh God of all fruitfulness I put all
my trust in you do for me all that Bartimaeus enjoy from
CATHOLIC MOTHERS IN CATHOLIC HOME
Pope Johnpaul II in his apostolic
exhortation "Familiaris Consortio" states that the future of
humanity passes by way of the family. And it is equally true that
the future of the church herself is to a large extent dependent on
the family which is the Domestic Church.
By the grace and power of the
sacrament of Matrimony every matrimony every family then friends in
the plan of God the creator its identity mission and responsibility
in forming a community of persons; serving life; participating in
the development of society and above all sharing in the life and
mission of the church. So to invite People whatever their social
and cultural background to hear the message of Christ. So to move
people whatever their social and cultural background to hear the
message of Christ, so that they may come to join them in the
fullness of the catholic faith. This response must begin within the
family where the catholic faith is grown, nurtured and matured to
authenticity and fruitfulness.
Every Catholic home, become a place
of faith, a community of love and where each member according to
his or her own gift have the grace and responsibility of building
day by day, the communion of persons, making the family a school of
deeper humanity to fester the gospel values the dignity of the
human person, the common good of the society. And this happens only
when there is care and love for each other, for the little ones,
the sick and aged, where there is mutual service every day, sharing
of goods, of joys and of sorrows. If is a community of Educational
exchange of values and faith inspired by the gospel between parents
and children, in which each gives and receives. By means of love,
respect and obedience forwards their parents, children offer then
specific and implacable contributions to the contention of an
authentically human and Christian family;
The Catholic Mother then is one who
has accepted Jesus, inspired by gospel values and the faceting of
the Catholic Church conscious of the obligation her marriage
covenant place on her Mother in reelection to her immediate family,
the church and the society. Fostering as well a deepening
conversion to Christianity in her won life and joyfully promoting a
new mentality, openness a desire, a willingness to bring to the
world what we Catholic followers of Jesus Christ have to offer,
beginning first with her home.
The catholic home becomes place
where Christ's love is the compelling motive (2 Cor. 5:14-15) for
fully homing and freely sharing our Catholic faith the frontiers in
a Catholic Home must become a response to universal call to
holiness, the need for prayer, participation -in the Sunday
Eucharist, the Sacrament of reconciliation, a dear, honest
dependence on God help and grace, especially in listening to the
word and proclaiming the word in holiness and prayer.
The Catholic Mother is one of the
foundation stones of the family in the Catholic home, reinforced by
the vintner of her Catholic faith to pelage certain roles that
makes the Catholic Home worth its name.
She must bear courageous witness to
her faith and the church's teachings with a creative fidelity
through a life inspired by the gospel.
Massage is a life-long commitment to
love all how to fidelity in a genome mental physical response to
God and to one another. She must be sacrificially committed to her
home and the Christian Community and seek to adapt and adjust to
the demanding Changes in life-Style, the challenges of inordinacy
and truth, the challenges of bad times and communicating with one
another that his new covenant of live brings.
In the age of Nannies, Maids and day
cares Catholic mothers must not cede their responsibilities to
these. For her parental love is for the children the visible sign
of the very love of God.
The homed early Morning hugs and
tired late night hugs of Busy Catholic mothers to their children
are indices of facing mother. She must amidst the welter of
engagements find quality times to laugh and love, to play and pray
with her Children.
Catholic Mothers must realize that
the great challenge of children is not so much in just having them
but it has in giving themselves and their faith to them. Giving
Children education, health care
A home and so
on is not just enough. She must give them qualitative time.
Material and implacable.
religious atmosphere is essential for growth in love of God and
neighbour; mother must create such an, atmosphere of loving
application of their Christian faith in their lives as example
for the children to help sustain a deeper understanding of their
faith and practice of religion
mothers must give a clear recognition to the value of them
material and family role and seek to harmoniously combined it
with their public and professional roles. They must know that a
public role that relegates their family roles is a treat to the
communion, sanctity and sanity of their homes.
disregarding the place of customs and cultural practices in our
homes, Mothers must diligently discern and inculcate the goods of
our do not become strangers on their own land. And as well
rigorously defend the home against practices that are disruptive
to their existence.
Mother therefore must realize how enormous and seemingly
impossible her roles seem to be. But graced by God and reformed
by faith with a Peahen Heart, a sacrificial love, this is
joyfully possible roles; if a Catholic home must worth its
The values of
sacrifice, patience and humility; the openness to situations and
readmes to learn from good and bad times must become the
hallmarks of her character.
In his wife the
man must see the fulfillment of God intention "helpers fit for
him" (Gen. 12:18) and live with her in a special form of personal
friendship, with shared task and generous responsibility forwards
the Holy spirit, who is poured forth in the celebration of the
sacraments of matrimony is the living source and inexhaustible
sustenance of every Christian home, attentive' to his inspiration
every family could be modeled after the Holy family of Jesus,
Mary and Joseph.
May our mother
Mary, the Mother of the Church of the home, inspire all Catholic
Mothers to become true representative of herself in their Homes.
MICHAEL ACHILE UMAMEH.