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Welcome

Ho Diocese is located in the Volta Region of Ghana and constitutes ten Administrative Districts, namely: Ho, Kpando and Hohoe municipal areas. Others include, North Dayi, South Dayi, Adaklu, Agortime-Ziope, Ho-West, Afadjato-South Districts and parts of Asuogyaman District in the Eastern Region. The Diocese lies within longitudes 12'E and 0 53'E; and latitudes 6 20'N.

The Jasikan District lies in the North of the Ho Diocese while it is bordered in the East by the Republic of Togo. The Southern border is shared with Akatsi and North Tongu Districts while the Volta Lake forms the Western boundary. Ho Diocese covers a total land area of 5893 square kilometers. It is divided into twenty-nine Parishes.

GOD'S WORD IN DAILY LIFE

25 October/ Monday/30th Week in Ordinary Time,   

Rom 8,12-17/Psa 68,2.4.6-7.20-21/Luke 13,10-17

By Most rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD

 

First Reading: Romans 8:12-17

The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God

 

My brothers, there is no necessity for us to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives. If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.

Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.

 

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 67(68):2,4,6-7,20-21

 

This God of ours is a God who saves.

 

Let God arise, let his foes be scattered.

    Let those who hate him flee before him.

But the just shall rejoice at the presence of God,

    they shall exult and dance for joy.

 

Father of the orphan, defender of the widow,

    such is God in his holy place.

God gives the lonely a home to live in;

    he leads the prisoners forth into freedom.

 

May the Lord be blessed day after day.

    He bears our burdens, God our saviour.

This God of ours is a God who saves.

    The Lord our God holds the keys of death.

 

Gospel Acclamation                                                                                             John 17:17

 

Alleluia, alleluia!

Your word is truth, O Lord:

consecrate us in the truth.

Alleluia!

 

Gospel: Luke 13:10-17

Was it not right to untie this woman's bonds on the Sabbath day?

 

One Sabbath day Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who for eighteen years had been possessed by a spirit that left her enfeebled; she was bent double and quite unable to stand upright. When Jesus saw her he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are rid of your infirmity and he laid his hands on her. And at once she straightened up, and she glorified God.

But the synagogue official was indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, and he addressed the people present. ‘There are six days’ he said ‘when work is to be done. Come and be healed on one of those days and not on the Sabbath.’ But the Lord answered him. ‘Hypocrites!’ he said ‘Is there one of you who does not untie his ox or his donkey from the manger on the Sabbath and take it out for watering? And this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan has held bound these eighteen years – was it not right to untie her bonds on the Sabbath day?’ When he said this, all his adversaries were covered with confusion, and all the people were overjoyed at all the wonders he worked.

 

Reflection

The Gospel Reading exposes one of the controversies between Jesus and those who felt in themselves the duty to be custodians of Jewish laws. In the present episode, it is a question of what can be done legally on the Sabbath. The synagogue official in the story considered healing a person to be work therefore it could not be permitted on the Sabbath. This is why he reminded the people that there are six days within the week that they should come to the synagogue to be healed. They should not break the Sabbath rule by seeking healing on the only day on which such an activity was not permitted by the law.

Jesus was of a contrary opinion as he looked at healing from a different perspective. For him, to liberate a person from an infirmity was life-giving so it cannot be prohibited on any day, not even on the Sabbath. Jesus used the example of what is done for animals on the Sabbath to buttress his argumentation. The needs of animals are met on the Sabbath without breaking the law so he does not see why the needs of human beings should not be equally met. Such services would bring relief to the person so the positive result should be the driving force in doing what one does on the Sabbath. In the First Reading, Paul stresses that the spirit we have received is not the spirit of slaves; it is the spirit of sons, thus of free or liberated people. We should therefore be careful not to bind ourselves with laws that would enslave us.

Sometimes we can be so legalistic that we forget about the values and the needs of the human person. We easily allow the law to rule our actions instead of putting the human person in the first place. Whatever is life-saving should have priority over any law. More than this, we need to encourage our lawmakers to give a place of primacy to the human person in their legislation. Anything to the contrary would be inhuman and fail to serve the human society. There are certain services that require people to work on the day of rest. We cannot prevent people from rendering such services for the good of humanity simply because of a law. We have to make sure that the law serves the human person instead of enslaving him/her. Jesus came to liberate us from all bondage so we should promote and sustain the freedom he has won for us with his blood.

 

 

 

 

The Bishop


On July 14, 2015, The Holy Father appointed Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Fianu, S.V.D., Secretary General of the Council of the Divine Word Fathers as Bishop of Ho (Ghana).

He was ordained a priest on July 14, 1985 in Accra. Since ordination, he has served in the following academic and pastoral roles

 

 

 

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.”

-St. Francis

 

 

 

 

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