Happy Sunday. Today is the 5th Sunday of Easter and the Sunday has interesting readings, once one overlooks the rather jarring send back in the choice of the gospel readings to Mundae Thursday!
Interesting readings indeed:
The first reading and the message that evangelisation involves sacrifice, long suffering and team work – quite a difference from the message and practice of prosperity driven Pentecostalism that is now rife in Nigeria;
the second reading from the Book of Revelations with its content that lifts our spirits and fills us with hope with its promise of making all things new – (renewal and its link to positive change) – one prays that this renewal touches our geographic space, a space currently trapped in a suffocating stasis and speedily retrogressing on most indicators!;
and the gospel reading with its message on the centrality of love as the distinguishing characteristic of the true believer/Christian. And any talk of love takes us to 1 Cor 13, 1-13 for its definition, meaning and behavioural implications!