Thomas Awiapo

Thomas Awiapo: Two by Two

Being a former seminarian, I have a reasonable understanding of homiletics. Usually, if I remember a homily after two weeks it means it was really good but here is the case I have remembered a homily after almost a month which means it was really super. The Gospel was on Jesus Christ sending out His disciples two by two to preach the Gospel to the world.

The preacher, picking on the phrase “Two by two” very well underscored the indispensable significance of collaboration in the church. Staring into the faces of the congregants with deep conviction and solemnity, he said, “No one can have it all. No one knows it all. No one can do it all by himself/herself. We need each other.” There was dead silence. Then he added that, you may have the gift of preaching and teaching but may not have the gift of healing. You may have the gift of material resources but lack spiritual fulfillment in your life. He concluded saying, “Here lies our inalienable interconnectedness and interdependence which calls for collaboration in the church.”

Our world is plagued with many, varied and complex problems and issues that need to be resolved. Global poverty, crimes against humanity, disease, conflicts/wars and the lack of education threaten the very dignity of the human person and the beauty of our world. It is very encouraging and hopeful that many governments, world bodies, organizations, groups and individuals are making forensic efforts to address these issues which are commendable. The secret is, being mindful of the words of the preacher that, “No one can have it all. No one knows it all. No one can do it all by himself/herself. We need each other.” Without solidarity, partnerships and collaboration, our efforts to make the world a better place will be in vain. We need everyone on board. Don’t sit on the fence. Bring your gifts, your talents and your blessings to the table. You are God’s language of love and hope for the world.

- Thomas Awiapo
As a child in Ghana, Thomas Awiapo was a beneficiary of CRS school feeding programs. Now, as an adult, he works for CRS Ghana and travels to the U.S. annually to tell his inspiring story to American Catholics at schools, parishes and communities. Thomas will be a featured guest blogger and will be reporting from Ghana about the issues he witnesses firsthand.

Watch the video: Empowered for Life: The Thomas Awiapo Story.

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3 Responses to “Thomas Awiapo: Two by Two”

  1. Al Drinkwine Says:

    This is so true and so well spoken. Christ’s is unmistakable clearly delivered by a messenger from Christ.

  2. Al Drinkwine Says:

    Well stated Thomas! You are a master at homiletics. Wanta come back and teachn Fr5. Roman? ;-)

  3. Susan Havens Says:

    Hello Thomas;

    Can you possibly email me to tell me where I can send something to the children of your hometown? You were here at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, NJ this past month and some of my students collected $$ so they could send a surprise. You were very motivational. Thank you.

    Susan Havens – Teacher

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