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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

27 October/Wednesday/30th Week in Ordinary Time,  

Rom 8,26-30/Psa 13,4-5.6/Luke 13,22-30

By Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD

 

First Reading: Romans 8:26-30

The Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words

 

The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.

We know that by turning everything to their good God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.

 

Responsorial Psalm                                                                                  Psalm 12(13):4-6

 

Lord, I trust in your mercy.

 

Look at me, answer me, Lord my God!

    Give light to my eyes lest I fall asleep in death,

lest my enemy say: ‘I have overcome him’;

    lest my foes rejoice to see my fall.

 

As for me, I trust in your merciful love.

    Let my heart rejoice in your saving help.

Let me sing to the Lord for his goodness to me,

    singing psalms to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

 

Gospel Acclamation: John 14:6

 

Alleluia, alleluia!

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;

No one can come to the Father except through me.

Alleluia!

 

Gospel: Luke 13:22-30

The last shall be first and the first last

 

Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.

‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will find yourself saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!”

‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.

‘Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’

 

Reflection

The question that Jesus was asked at the beginning of the Gospel Reading was occasioned by the debate among the Jews about the numbers that would be saved. More than just numbers, it was a question of whether both Jews and Gentiles would be saved. The traditional Jewish belief was that only Jews would be saved because they are the only ones who have the God of Israel as their God. Some of the prophets, like Isaiah and Zechariah, pointed out that the God of Israel also cared for non-Israelites. These prophets emphasized that peoples of all nations would bring their sacrifices to Jerusalem, thus they would partake in salvation by God.

It is remarkable that the response of Jesus did not address directly the question of how many would be saved. He preferred to make an urgent appeal to personal responsibility. He exhorted each one to try and enter by the narrow gate. It is not easy to pass through a narrow gate. It demands a lot of slimming down to fit into the gate. In terms of human behaviour, this requires a lot of sacrifices or doing away with many pleasures that do not conform to the demands of God.

We discover what we have to avoid in life in order to enter through the narrow gate by reading the Scriptures. The same Scriptures indicate what we should do in order to pass through the narrow gate. In the face of the demands of the exhortation, we have to say that it all depends on the individual. Each of us is personally responsible for the way we live our lives. If in the end we are not saved, we cannot blame anyone because we are the ones responsible for our salvation. We should take to heart the words of Paul in the First Reading. The assurance that the Spirit comes to our help in our weakness should urge us to pray to God for him to send us the Spirit. We pray for the assistance of the Spirit to help us undergo the exercises that would guarantee our salvation.

 

 

 

 

 

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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