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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

26 October/Tuesday/30th Week in Ordinary Time,   

Rom 8,18-25/Psa 126,1-2.2-3.4-5.6/Luke 13,18-21

By Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD

 

First Reading:  Romans 8:18-25

The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons

 

I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God; but creation still retains the hope of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to enjoy the same freedom and glory as the children of God. From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free. For we must be content to hope that we shall be saved – our salvation is not in sight, we should not have to be hoping for it if it were – but, as I say, we must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet – it is something we must wait for with patience.

 

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 125(126)

 

What marvels the Lord worked for us.

 

When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage,

    it seemed like a dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter,

    on our lips there were songs.

 

The heathens themselves said: ‘What marvels

    the Lord worked for them!’

What marvels the Lord worked for us!

    Indeed we were glad.

 

Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage

    as streams in dry land.

Those who are sowing in tears

    will sing when they reap.

 

They go out, they go out, full of tears,

    carrying seed for the sowing:

they come back, they come back, full of song,

    carrying their sheaves.

 

Gospel Acclamation: John 15:15

 

Alleluia, alleluia!

I call you friends, says the Lord,

because I have made known to you

everything I have learnt from my Father.

Alleluia!

 

Gospel: Luke 13:18-21

The kingdom of God is like the yeast that leavened three measures of flour

 

Jesus said, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it with? It is like a mustard seed which a man took and threw into his garden: it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air sheltered in its branches.’

Another thing he said was, ‘What shall I compare the kingdom of God with? It is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through.’

 

Reflection

The First Reading is very important in Paul’s letter to the Romans. It is the climax of Rom 6-8 and indeed of Rom 1,18-8,30. It, therefore, calls for greater attention as it helps us enter into one of the central messages of Paul in the letter. A short reflection, as we do now, cannot unfold the richness of these verses. These verses highlight the final reversal of the failure of humanity and the climax of his restoration. Paul presents the whole of creation as a single process of childbirth. It is a groaning to be freed from the dominion of sin and set free to be children of God.

Paul’s presentation carries a wide sense of universality. He does not limit himself to the salvation of Jews together with Gentiles. He sees salvation as covering all of creation, thus it is not only humanity that is saved in Christ. All creation is saved in him thus restoring the initial glory of creation. His words are very encouraging, especially for all who look forward to the restoration of all things in Christ. Paul’s concept of salvation helps us to contemplate the oneness of creation that we find reflected in the Genesis story of creation. The harmony of creation before the emergence of sin is only restored when we think of creation in a more comprehensive way. Limiting our concept of salvation to only humanity does not help us appreciate the fullness of the plan of God in Jesus Christ.

In contemplating the restoration of all things in Christ, we may be misled to think of great upheaval on earth. The Gospel Reading offers us an insight into how God operates for the realization of the kingdom which is the place of ultimate restoration. The mustard seed is a very small seed so we may not consider it as important among the variety of seeds in the world. Despite its insignificant nature, when given the opportunity, it grows into a tree offering shelter to the birds of the air. The catalyst that operates for the restoration of all creation is not to be seen in terms of great upheavals but the insignificant-looking things of everyday life. When we perform our ordinary duties to the best of our abilities, we cooperate with God in the restoration of creation. We need the grace to see and believe that our little and insignificant actions are important in building God’s kingdom in our midst.

 

 

 

 

 

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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