“As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body… But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have same concern for one another. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 24-26).
This year for our Harvest Theme, we have chosen, “Harvest of God’s Love… Living and Giving in Love.” We have chosen to celebrate God’s Love. The season of Harvest is all about thanksgiving. What greater gift can we celebrate outside of the Love of God.
A clear sign of love is unity. If we have experienced God’s love, then we should be a people of unity; a unified people, a family. We are saying that as Children of God, parishioners of St. Dominic, we are one big family. And so for this year’s harvest, we have come up with the concept of a family album, a symbol of love, a symbol of unity – The Family of God’s Love Collage.
It is going to be a collection of pictures of individuals and families, lay faithful, religious and the pastoral team, past parishioners (Yaba Dominicans in Diaspora) wherever they may be, and even our deceased loved ones. We want to reaffirm that which St. Paul says in his letter to the Corinthians that though of many parts, we are one. Though of different tribes, economic and educational strata and different socio-political inclinations, we are one, because we are united by the waters of baptism and have St. Dominic as our Treasure and Pride.
I call on all parishioners, individuals and families to be part of the 2018 Harvest Family of God’s Love Collage. It is only a rebellious child that would refuse to be part of the family album, distancing himself from the common bond which unites the family. Let us invite past parishioners, all those who cannot tell their story without St. Dominic’s Yaba; Baptized in the parish, received First Holy Communion or the Sacrament of Confirmation in the parish, wedded in the parish, studied in an institution that had a chaplaincy under the parish, or was once a parishioner of St. Dominic – anyone who cannot tell his or her story without St. Dominic.
Talking about stories, the story of Joseph and his “Coat of Many Colours” in the Bible (Genesis 37:3) comes to mind just as well the 1971 hit song of Dolly Paton with the same title comes to mind, we come with our different pictures, together we form one big picture – a picture of people who are saying in different ways, we have experienced God love. We are saying that though of many parts, we are one (cf. Romans 12: 4-5), nourished by the one Bread which is Christ himself (1 Corinthians 10: 17).
Let us be part of the one beautiful picture of the collage as we ask God to be ever present to us as a people. May His Love never depart from our families through Christ our Lord. Amen
Harvest of God’s Love …Living and Giving in Love
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This post was written by Emmanuel Ozoezi