Thursday of the 2nd week in the ordinary time year two (Blessed Cyprian Iwene Tansi Feast)

Theme: A call to holiness

Today the church in Nigeria celebrates the feast of Blessed of Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi who was a monk. His way of life is an invitation to all of us who celebrate him in a special today. He lived a life that was built on faith and love of God and neighbour. This is seen in his service as a teacher, catechist and a monk. As we strive to embrace holiness of life, let us continue to pray that God will provide the necessary miracles for his canonization.

The readings we have today, also aligns with the feast we are celebrating.  In the 1st reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Philipians, we are encouraged to live a life of love, humility and selflessness. All these wonderful attributes if practiced can lead us to holiness of life and also make us better Christians; just like Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi. Simply put, we are all capable of becoming saints, if we make effort and give God a chance in our lives. As followers of Christ, we are called to live a life that is worthy of the name Christian. Humanly speaking it may seem difficult, but with God everything is possible.

The kingdom of God is a treasure we have all discovered. Let us all do our best to make it our own. May the Lord grant us the grace to be true Christians. Peace be with you.

Homily for the feast of Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi (Thursday) Year 2, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp