Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Simeo Ondeto taught numerous things on several topics. Here is a look at what he said about himself.

“I was in heaven before I came. I was sent to Africa by my father, the Highest God. So, fellow Africans, turn to God because you have seen his servant and heard his message.” Simeo Ondeto, Michael Omogi’s home, 1961.

“I am a true Catholic. I preach the universal unity of humankind because that is what God sent me to preach. I did not come as a protestant because I am a true Catholic. I will not join Protestants because in the Kingdom of God there is nothing to protest about.” Simeo Ondeto, Sagegi, May 10, 1959.

“In order to demonstrate that I was a true Catholic, I followed all the requirements. I was baptized in Catholic Church. I was taught catechism. I took the catechism tests as all other learners and failed four times just as other learners failed many times. I became a catechist and an obedient learner. I did this not to justify the ceremonialism of Catholic but to share in the pain of ceremonialism on the spiritual growth of humans.” Simeo Ondeto, Johannes Baru’s home, Suna, January 14, 1962.

“I am Simeo Ondeto, son of Joseph Obimbo. Our home is in Angoro Awasi and my clan is Watombori. I am a man just like you all, born of a woman.” Simeo Ondeto, Johannes Baru’s Home, Suna, January 14, 1962.

“Finally, the time has come for me and my mother to unite. Maria Regina Owitch is my mother. Not my blood parent but my spiritual mother. She was with me in heaven before we came in flesh as blacks. She loved Africa and felt sad when Africa remained in terrible darkness. Her mission is complete and the hour of union has come.” Simeo Ondeto, Johannes Baru’s home, April 4, 1962.

“Some people call me liar because I say God sent me. I say what I know is true and God the father and the Holy Spirit are my witnesses. Yes, I am a man as they call me, but I am also he whom God sent to you.” Simeo Ondeto, Amoyo, August 13, 1962.

“The glory of God is upon me. He has made me judge of the living and the dead. He has raised my throne above the thrones of created beings. He lives in me and I live in him. I am he who was to come and who has come. Truly, there is none else to come.” Simeo Ondeto, Amoyo, August 13, 1962.

“My children, I have come. I have come again as a fellow human. As someone you can eat and drink with. Why don’t you discover this truth? Your eyes seem blind; immensely blind.” Simeo Ondeto, Amoyo, August 13, 1962.

“Who is the son of God? He is the revelation of God to creations in their own form. God revealed as a human being becomes the foremost human being. God is also experienced by Angels, saints, powers and principalities, and all the hosts of heaven in their form, as the Son of God. Humans can experience God as spirit because they have spirits, but they can also experience him as human being because they are humans. This is why I am a human being.” Simeo Ondeto, November 23, 1962, Johannes Baru’s home, Suna.

“I went to Obimbo’s home in a huge cloud and whirlwind. Like a spirit they could not see me, but I could see them. Becoming a human being was a huge sacrifice. It is the most terrible sacrifice that God can make for humanity.” Simeo Ondeto Got Kwer, February 5, 1964.

“What I teach is what Maurice Otunga and John Paul teaches. We preach one God. The only difference is: they preach what they do not know but I preach what I know.” Simeo Ondeto Got Kwer, August 17, 1964.

“True religion is not shouting about how good your God is but doing the good things that make up your good God. The world is lost in hatred and wars because humanity is lost in praising its gods and not doing what their gods say. Hear me, Legio Maria! Your salvation hangs on the thread of your good works.” Simeo Ondeto, Ephesus Nzoia, December 23, 1969.

 “The son of God comes not as a sacrifice for sins but as a shining example to sinners. Sacrifices leave humans guilty of their sins, but examples inspire humans to holiness. I was not sent from heaven to be a savior through sacrifice but a savior by example.” Simeo Ondeto, Sori, June 8, 1976.

“Jesus and Ondeto are only names. Humans waste time quarreling about these names. The true path to sainthood is doing good works. The good are saved while the bad are lost regardless of the names they are proud of.” Simeo Ondeto, Mawego Kobuya, January 7, 1980.

“Soon, I will return to my father and your father. As a man, I will leave the world just as I found it. But as the son of God, I will leave behind a movement for the salvation of souls.” Simeo Ondeto, Jerusalem Amoyo, July 8, 1981.

“They say I am not observing the bible and its teachings, but do they get the salvation of their souls through that book? No! They are merely bewildered by the traditions written in that book. As for me, I know the truth that doctrines and books carry only part-truth part-untruth. But the man or woman who lives an upright life will not be lost.” Simeo Ondeto, Jerusalem Amoyo, July 8, 1981.

“I went back to heaven. You people thought I was dead for all the three days, but I was simply in Armos and conversing with my father about my earthly mission. Now, I have three years left and I will return.” Simeo Ondeto, upon his resurrection, Jerusalem Amoyo, 1988.

“I am almost departing. I feel deep pity for daughters and sons of Africa because of their hard-heartedness. May the glory of God abide with Legio Maria for generations to come?” Simeo Ondeto, Barding, September 2, 1991.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Simeo Ondeto taught many things. Today, I will sample his teachings on the unity of humanity.

“My children, I want you all to know that all humans are one. Let there be no divisions among you because of race, tribe, creed, or denominations. But as your God is one so must all of you be one. When you pray, therefore, pray for all humanity without discriminating those who do not belong to your denomination. I was not sent to witness to Africans alone, but to be a witness of the highest God to all humanity. And my witness is this: love fellow humans regardless of their tribes.” Simeo Ondeto, Sagegi, December 1959.

“God sent me to you because he loves you. He loves Africans as he loves other races. He does not want you to be lost. So, as I looked down from heaven and saw Africans being despised because of their black skin color, I felt it was good to come again as an African. The coming of God to Africa as an African helps to elevate the black skin. But it was not my intention to elevate Africans above other races. I came to preach equality and unity of humanity. You are all one.” Simeo Ondeto, Raha, January 12, 1962.

“I know many of you are now asking why Simeo Ondeto had to come on earth. Yes, that is a good question. I am the firstborn son of God and you are all my brothers and sisters. I came to teach you the right things and save you from sin and evil. I came to ask you to love one another and live in harmony regardless of your skin color, race or tribe. Up in heaven, there are no tribes. There is only a single family of God. Therefore, preach peace and unity and shun tribalism.” Simeo Ondeto, Got Kwer, August 17, 1964.

“They have done terrible things to you and me because of religion. We have been arrested, ostracized, and insulted because of our beliefs.  The Roman Catholics think they know God better than others. They also think they are on the right track than we are. I choose to forgive them because they are only blind. Religion is love and good works, not creeds and intolerance. There are so many people who are not Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Legio Maria in heaven. In heaven, you are not asked about your tribe or religion, but you face the test of your holiness. You are judged as a human being, not a religious person.” Simeo Ondeto, Ephesus Nzoia, December 23, 1969.

“Mama Maria is my true mother. Not because of her tribe or religion, but because of her holiness and humility. There is no one among humans who has exceeded her in humility. I listen to her a lot because I know how much love she has for fellow humans. She embodies that which is good in the Kingdom of God. She is the mother of all races and the epitome of genuine worship. If there is anybody among you who follows her example in humility, that person must rise above tribe and denomination. God knows no tribes.” Simeo Ondeto, Makindani Mombasa, 1972.

“When you pray to God, avoid using foreign languages. God will hear you in your own tongue. Our Father is the God of the deaf and the mute also. He does not discriminate against anyone and responds to prayers from all humans regardless of the way they pray or the place where they pray. God judges by motives and knows the stirrings of every heart that makes prayers to HIM.” Simeo Ondeto, Jerusalem Amoyo, May 23, 1974.

“Religion is a spiritual search not the practicing of customs. As a search, humans can do it differently. God has allowed for that freedom. But when humans practice religion as a series of static customs, it becomes irrelevant and useless for the advancement of the highest spiritual goal of eternal life. Therefore, religion should never be a competition. It should never cause wars and strife. Instead, it should bring unity of ends.” Simeo Ondeto, Jerusalem Amoyo, June 14, 1978.

“I am black not because I hate white or red. Black is as good a color as white and blue and red. When black, I have a purpose just as I had a purpose when I was white or brown.” Simeo Ondeto, Manyatta, July 4, 1979.

“The foolish says in his heart: I am better than them. But the wise says in his heart: we are all the same.” Simeo Ondeto, Kodero, April 19, 1980.

“Do not despise SDAs; they are searching for God in scriptures. Sometimes they find God, sometimes they do not. Searching is a manual job with no guaranteed wages. In their search for me, some will not find me but I will not take that against them. I will keep inspiring their search so that humanity can learn its religious unity and shun its religious differences.” Simeo Ondeto, Obunga, 1985.

“When I came down to earth, I found Africa under the yoke of colonialism. Whites despised blacks, and blacks hated whites. Bloodshed was rife and humanity suffered every day. Today, whites have left Africa and ethnic hatred still soars. The duty of religious people in all this should be preaching the inevitable unity of humanity, not the pettiness of doctrines.” Simeo Ondeto, Jerusalem Amoyo, May 20, 1988.

“My time as a human being is up. I see not many years ahead. From now on, my mantle will be born by you. You will be my witnesses to the world when I am gone. But I caution all of you: let none of you preach or practice religious hatred in my name.” Simeo Ondeto, Ephesus Nzoia, December 24, 1989.

“God is the father of all humans of all races. He has no chosen races or people. All who claim that they are special because God has preferred them over others are liars. Let not anyone claim that I chose a race, a tribe, or a people. I came to the world and interacted with you, but that gives you no special place in the Kingdom of God. Only your good works will earn you a place in my Kingdom.” Simeo Ondeto, Barding Mission, Alego, September 2, 1991.

Monday, June 9, 2014


Simeo Ondeto is the spiritual son of an African mystical woman called Mama Maria. The equivalent of Virgin Mary in the Legio Maria and African Context, Mama Maria was one of the founders of Legio Maria of African Church Mission. She was not known to the early members of the Catholic Legion of Mary lay Movement in Kenya, from which the Legio Maria church emerged. When the time came for her to be known to them, Simeo Ondeto sent a band of followers led by Romanus On’gombe and Abala Rafael to go for her at Magacha and bring her to Johannes Baru’s home where members of the movement settled.

Simeo Ondeto Meets Mama Maria

Mama Maria was a very old woman by the time she met Simeo Ondeto at Johannes Baru’s home in early 1960s. Those who picked her from Magacha, such as Romanus On’gombe, have affirmed that she was too old to walk for a mile without resting. But how did she become Virgin Mary? Immediately after Mama Maria met Simeo Ondeto at Johannes Baru’s home, the two people went down on their knees and prayed briefly before they kissed warmly. Prior to this event, kissing in public was not a normal thing and the congregation was surprised and suspected that the two were also practitioners of a foreign culture.

When they greeted, she called Simeo Ondeto son, and Simeo called her mother. From that day on, Legio Maria followers knew that the two were related in a way. Simeo and Mama Maria spent some time talking, just the two of them, in Silvester Okweto’s hut. That was on the same evening of their meeting. But this did not make her the spiritual leader of Legio Maria. What made her acceptable and revered by Legio Maria was the mighty spiritual power that she had. She started appearing in visions to many Legios who were present in Johannes Baru’s home. She exorcised evil spirits only by her word. And she healed the sick and helped the needy. Most importantly, the woman exhibited extraordinary love for all Legio Marias and pronounced prophesies that came true. Equally important, Mama Maria said that she was Simeo Ondeto’s mother and was Virgin Mary.

Simeo Ondeto is pronounced as God by the Holy Spirit

It took a few months before the Legio Maria Pentecostal day came to pass. When tongues fell upon a congregation of more than a thousand people who were gathered at Johannes Baru’s home, Simeo Ondeto was declared Son of God while this woman was declared Virgin Mary. Since Legio Maria was a spirit-led church, the pronouncement by the spirit settled the position of this woman forever as Virgin Mary. When Legio Maria faithful saw the first Legio Maria ordination, this Mother Mary/nun Mary/ Virgin Mary, became the head of the female order of Legio Maria that is called nuns.

Unknown Background of Mama Maria

The family or background of this woman is unknown to Legio Maria to date. This is why they believe she came directly from heaven. Neither Simeo Ondeto nor Mama Maria made any pronouncement that this woman had a family here on earth. Both of them affirmed their coming from heaven. Moreover, nobody visited this old woman or claimed to have known her as a daughter, mother, or sister. This could have occurred because of her age, which could have possibly allowed for time for a number of her relatives’ death. But this is not a plausible explanation because even people in their late nineties can still have family members who are still alive either as sons/daughters or grandsons/ granddaughters. So it is safer to say her background is not known.

Association with Local Myths

Mama Maria is one of Legio Maria figures who are highly mythologized. While she was, indeed, a human being and she died and was buried in Ephesus church, this woman is linked to many traditional luo myths such as Nyamgondho Kombare, Simbi Nyaima, and Min Omolo Kanyunja. In all these stories, Mama Maria is presented as having wandered across several villages of the Luo nation. Most Legio Maria faithful take the myths to be spiritual direction of God and the preparation of the Luo nation for the coming of Simeo Ondeto.

Mama Maria: Saint, Not God

While she is called Mother Mary (Mama Maria) and taken to be Virgin Mary, Legio faithful do not worship the woman. However, she is adored in the same way the Roman Catholic Church adores Virgin Mary. She is considered the greatest of saints and there are special prayers that are held by Legios in reverence to her.

Mama Maria and Gaudencia Aoko

Many people and even scholars have presented a narrative that this woman is similar to Aoko. This is not true. Aoko is still alive (today June 2014) while this woman died in 1966. Aoko’s images are not used in Legio Maria worship, while this woman’s images are used. Even in Aoko’s churches, found after she left Legio Maria, this woman is highly recognized with the placing of her image on the altars. Mama Maria called Aoko to serve in her new religious movement and Aoko was just her follower. Indeed, this is the story of how Mama Maria was related to Simeo Ondeto.


 “ Simeo Ondeto, the Black Messiah is alive. He was always alive. He spoke to us spiritually at a time when his body was lifeless. He still speaks today.” Romanus On’gombe

Is Simeo Ondeto Alive: The Big Question

The common question that is asked of Legio Maria church of Africa is whether their God Simeo Melkio Ondeto is really alive. It is a question that shakes many. It is indeed the biggest question that can be asked. The answer that Legio Maria church has for this question is simple and firm: Yes, Baba God Simeo Ondeto is alive. “Baba Simeo Ondeto talks to us every day. He answers our prayers and responds to our needs. He is alive.” Once the answer is received by the inquisitors, the next question they usually pose is whether Black Messiah Jesus Ondeto was resurrected. This too Legio Maria church replies to without shame: Yes Emmanuel Simeo Ondeto resurrected. We have seen him several times. He is resurrected. 

After the answer to this question is unequivocal, the inquisitors ask the next question: when did this happen and how was he resurrected if his body is still buried and rotten and decayed at Got Okwon’g in Migori. Legio Maria answer to this is again unambiguous: resurrection is spiritual and not bodily. Black Jesus Simeo Ondeto was resurrected spiritually. Let us now examine the Legio Maria Africa Church perspective of resurrection and whether it holds any grounds.

Simeo Ondeto: The Meaning of the Resurrection of Black Messiah

Simeo Ondeto Resurrection means renewal/ renaissance/ rebirth/ restoration/ resurgence/ revivification/revitalization/ reappearance etc. It is not limited to body, spirit, or energy. When one talks of resurrection, he/she implies that something/someone already ended/dead is back again to life/existence. It implies the realization that what was thought to be completely dead is never at all dead. 

In the Christian context, the resurrection of Jesus Christ implies the existence and life of Jesus after his death. The disciples experienced their master as vividly as they had done prior to his catastrophic death on the cross. As to whether Jesus was resurrected in bodily form that is subject to debate. The reality of his resurgence cannot, however, be denied because of the restoration of hope in his disciples and the eventual spread of his message across the globe. In fact, it is this resurgence after death that is the cornerstone of Christianity.

Resurrection in Legio Maria church theology implies Simeo Ondeto living after death. It implies a form of living that can be experienced by other human beings. Black Messiah Simeo Ondeto was indeed dead on the 5th of September 1991. He was not breathing and his brain was completely dead. Yet in countless Legio Maria churches, he was still alive. Many Legio Maria faithful did not even know he was dead until the news was broken through the media. And during that time when he was physically dead, they still worshipped him and he talked to them in spirit. He taught them and guided them. He answered their petitions and prayers and was always communing with them, even though physically dead.

Simeo Ondeto Resurrection: The Context of the Bible

Since the inquisitors are usually Christians, it is important to swim back into the biblical perspectives of the resurrection before returning to the Legio Maria Church perspective. From the outset, the bible does not mention resurrection. The book of Genesis is clear about the fate of man. Man is created from dust of the earth and returns to the dust after death. Genesis seems to suggest that man was always alive eternally before the sin of disobedience. Eden was a wondrous garden and man always had an easy and holy life. God warns man that the day he sins he will surely die. When man sins, he is cursed by God. Though Adam and eve do not die on the same day of their sin, they now appear to be living in an environment full of sin, inequities and suffering. Indeed, very soon, Cain and Abel are presented as struggling with sin; a struggle which culminates into the killing of Abel by Cain. 

At the death of Abel, we find the Bible’s first allusion to survival after death. The voice of Abel’s blood is heard by God who reprimands Cain for his crime. Though we are not told of the eventual fate of Abel, we learn the preliminary lessons of survival. The blood of a dead man is presented as able to communicate with God. Essentially, Abel becomes the first resurrected man. We do not find the story stating that he communicated with his relatives again, but the fact that God could hear the cry of his voice from his blood means that he lived on, in a form capable of demanding justice from God. If the story of Abel’s death and demand for justice is taken not to refer to revivification/revival/survival, then there is no reference to life after death in these early chapters of the great book.

Another interesting story that describes something akin to the survival of human beings is in God taking Enoch away unto himself. Enoch is said to have been a righteous man. To escape physical death that results from sin, he is taken away by God. While the story is not so relevant in supporting the resurrection argument, it asserts the argument for survival of humans after death. Enoch would simply go nowhere if humans were never surviving into another life. Moreover, the rupture of Enoch is only possible if there is a place set aside (already) by God for his holy people. So, while Enoch did not die and resurrect, his disappearance reinforces the argument for the survival of humans after death. 

The book of Genesis does not explicitly discuss the theme of resurrection. However, the hope of survival after death was already becoming a growing theme in the minds of the writers. Abraham, the father of faith is promised a long life and peace at death. The patriarchs die with the promise of peace at death. The priests and kings also die in peace, with no fundamental hope in everlasting life. However, with the growing hope for the coming of the son of David (Messiah), the hope for everlasting life on earth begins to build. This leads to a common theme of universal resurrection. Job mentions it. But Daniel is more explicit about it. By the time of Malachi, the theme of universal resurrection is already stronger and boasts of strong proponents. Nonetheless, there was still a huge portion of people who still believed that there was no survival after death.

Sadducees and Pharisees

Philo of Alexandria followed the footsteps of Plato in theorizing about the human soul. According to Plato, humans had a soul that survived death. But Philo of Alexandria was also an important authority on matters of the scriptures. After reasoning for a long time about the truthfulness and historicity of the Old Testament, he returned a verdict that the Genesis accounts were simply myths. Philo did not oppose the usage of these myths because he believed that those myths carried important spiritual lessons. So, at the time of Philo, already goodwill was shifting in favor of spiritual interpretation of the scriptures and towards a spiritual religion.

Around this time too, there were different sects among the Jews. The sects had varying beliefs and interpretations of the scriptures.  Some three most important sects were the Essenes, the Sadducees, and the Pharisees. John the Baptist is said to have belonged to the Essenes sect, which believed and practiced that the coming of the Messiah was at hand. But the most important sects in the debate about resurrection were the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees believed in the resurrection of the dead while the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. 

At this time, the most important point for these two groups was the potential of humans to survive.
Survival in the next life was difficult to fathom for the Sadducees, and unclear to the Pharisees. They imagined of people going with their property to the afterlife. They imagined of living again as men and women. This is why Jesus is asked about a woman whose husband dies and is inherited by the brothers of her husband in succession. Jesus makes a decisive point. He states that in the afterlife, humans are completely different. They do not go to the afterlife as husbands and wives, but as angels in heaven. They are completely spiritual. Jesus also states that God is God of the living and not of the dead. This essentially affirms the point that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, were already living as spirits or in a form similar to that of angels.

Two Competing Perspectives Survive

While Jesus had already made a complete decisive point on the argument about life after death, two competing perspectives survived him. There survived a perspective of individuality against universality of salvation, a perspective of soul against body survival, a perspective of earthly paradise against heavenly paradise. The writings of the New Testament exemplify the doublespeak about eternal life. At one point, it talks about the kingdom of God on earth and at another time it talks about the Kingdom of God in Heaven. 

At some point it talks about humans living like angels in heaven and at another time it talks of humans living in a New Jerusalem descended from heaven to earth. At some point it talks about Jesus as God and spiritual and at other times it talks of Jesus as the Messiah and King on earth. The two perspectives are even evident in the Jesus resurrection story. At some point, Jesus is presented as having resurrected in bodily form from the grave and at other time he is presented as a spiritual being that appears and disappears to acquaintances. So, the believers in physical resurrection would accept Jesus as God dying for three days and then waking up. The death of God which is not a possibility is held as part of Jesus fight with death, which eventually culminates in the appearing and disappearing body.

Only Spiritual Resurrection is Possible

Apostle Paul is one of the greatest theologians of Christianity. He was clear in his understanding of Jesus’ resurrection. He believed that Jesus was now a spiritual being who could appear to people. The same Jesus that appeared to him is the one that made him an apostle to the Gentiles. He preached the spiritual Jesus and claimed the same title of Apostle with the others. He rebuked Peter. He founded many churches. He died believing in a spiritual resurrection of Jesus. Yet, many times, Paul’s writings about the resurrection are read and interpreted to mean physical resurrection. 

For instance, when Paul says that Jesus appeared to 500 people, many people do not take this to mean a spiritual appearance. They take it to mean a physical appearance. But this is certainly wrong. There can be no reason why a physically alive Jesus should appear and disappear. There is no reason why a physically resurrected Jesus should not have visited people in their homes, attended a Sabbath in the Temple, and taught the disciples gain after he was resurrected. If he was alive again in the flesh, he should have gone home to Mary. And even if Mary was living with the most beloved disciples, Jesus would still have visited her and shared with her mother before departing to heaven. Therefore, because Jesus was now a ghost/spirit that only took up a visible human form as spiritual angels are said to take, the resurrection of Jesus was spiritual and not physical (bodily).

The spiritual resurrection of Jesus should not mean that Jesus died spiritually and rose again. If he was God, he never died. If he died, he was not God. An argument that God died and was completely absent from the universe for three days is untrue, unless Jesus was not God. But if Jesus is taken to have died in the manner of bodily death but with the spirit passing on into the spiritual and divine state in which he was before his incarnation, then the resurrection story is a little more plausible.  Moreover, the resurrection should refer to the human side of observation. It should refer to the realization by humans that Jesus was still alive. It should mean the surprise interaction with Jesus after he was physically dead.  The appearances of Jesus is enough evidence that he was now not living in any home on earth, but was now spiritual.

Simeo Ondeto Spiritually Alive: No Spiritual Death of God

Legio Maria theology allows no space for the spiritual death of Baba Melkio Simeo Ondeto. According to the greatest cardinal and Legio Maria elder, Romanus On’gombe, “God never dies. God lives. He lives eternally. So the thought of God dying and waking up after some days is a misunderstanding of what actually happened.” Another lead arch bishop, Romanus Odongo affirms: “we do not believe in the death of God. That is not even possible in the first place, so it is not worth any place in our worship.” According to Samwel, a lead theologian in Legio Maria of Africa, “the concept of resurrection means the human experience of incarnated God after he is physically no more.” Therefore, Legio Maria church only accepts spiritual resurrection, including the spiritual resurrection of Jesus.

The Debate about Bodily Resurrection of Jesus

What about the missing body of Jesus? Can a spiritual resurrection be biblical or even scriptural? The debate about the physical resurrection of Jesus is futile according to Legio Maria theologians. Samwel of Gwassi, for instance, insists that Christians experienced Jesus spiritually before they even thought about the possibility of physical resurrection. He says: “there is no way Jesus could have resurrected physically and not seen by his opponents and killers. That holds not water. The truth is that all of the people who experienced Jesus after his death had spiritual experiences. This is why the Book of Mark does not include the story of Jesus and what are present in the book are evidently spurious additions. Later on, the spiritual experiences were passed on orally to other generations and became literal physical experiences. But to people like Paul and Mary Magdalene, Jesus was like a Ghost, a spiritual apparition like that of Mary in Fatima.”

Spiritual resurrection is completely biblical or even scriptural. The bible is a record of human experiences with God and cannot negate any spiritual resurrection claims. The Bible lays claim to spiritual inspiration, not physical inspiration. The basis of the bible is spiritual things and experiences, not physical ones. The verses seen in the gospels are a record of the spiritual experiences of various people. The missing body is in no way a stumbling block on the way of a spiritual understanding of the story of resurrection of Jesus. There are many possible explanations to the absence of the body and no one can affirm that the only possibility is that the body became live again.

The Spiritual Appearances of Simeo Ondeto

Jesus Simeo Ondeto has appeared several times after his death. While his followers believe that these appearances were completely spiritual and his body still is in the tomb where he was buried, they firmly assert that these appearances is how people know that God Jesus Simeo Ondeto is alive. In September, 2012, on 13th, Jesus Simeo Ondeto appeared physically to over 30,000 adherents who were gathered at his annual memorial at Calvary Hill. The appearance followed Ondeto’s spiritual instruction to the group on the 12th/9/2012 that if they prayed persistently during the memorial he would appear physically and teach them. So the hill was full of fervent and unwavering chorus of prayers from 12th till around midnight on the 13th

At that time, Bishop Melkio was leading the worship, when suddenly a man appeared at the dais and asked to teach Legios. Bishop Melkio gave him the opportunity to do so without knowing the person he was giving the microphone. Immediately, the entire hill was filled with spiritual ecstasy, tongues and cheerful noises for the over two hours that Baba Simeo Ondeto taught the congregation. He did not mention who he was. He simply taught. After he concluded his teaching, he gave the microphone to a deacon who was assisting before the altar and disappeared. A few minutes later, Simeo talked in spirit again to explain the way he had appeared to the over 30,000 Legios and yet they could not recognize him. That is when the congregation realized he had actually visited them and they remembered all that he had taught, his stammering voice, his characteristic laughs, and his diction, and believed that truly he was with them.

There have been other appearances to Legio Maria, including the appearance to the Order of the Michaels on the day of his burial, the appearance to Gombe and others after his burial, the appearance in 1992 memorial at Calvary, and the appearance to Salome in prison.  Interestingly, these appearances were physical but Legio Maria church takes them to be completely indicators of spiritual resurrection.

The Resurrection of Black Messiah Simeo Ondeto

Baba Simeo Ondeto is resurrected. Legio Maria Africa Church affirms this truth without shame or fear of contradiction. It is this truth that anchors Legio Maria belief that Baba Simeo Ondeto is God. He never died spiritually. He is God and never died. His physical death was like his physical incarnation and did not change his godhood. He speaks to Legio Maria today as he did during his earthly life. He directs the church spiritually as he always did. So, to those who ask whether Simeo Ondeto is dead or alive; this is the Legio Maria position on this.