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Mary 2016

Theme: Mary is our Mother Mentor and admirable

Assumption helps us to celebrate a woman who stands out as a model of discipleship for believers. To appreciate the role and the person of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Bible is sufficient. Luke and Acts in particular present us a woman who is a mother and mentor. Mary is mother not only in the sense that she agreed to give birth to Jesus through the Immaculate Conception; she is also a mother in that she welcomed the living Word of God into her life. Assumption is a nucleus of our faith because it demonstrates that Mary, like Christ her Son, overcame death and is already triumphant in heavenly glory in body and soul. She was so close to Jesus on earth to the extent that she had to be with him in heaven.

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Theme: Patience pays

If we were compare the mercy and patience of God to the cruelty of some human persons, what strikes is a tremendous contrast of extremes. There is a tendency among us human beings to distinguish, discriminate and even to ridicule one another. This high measure of weakness and diminishment of personal value has in some occasions unfortunately proved to be a sufficient momentum for provoking some of the darkest periods in the history of humankind. In an effort to separate ‘good’ from ‘bad’ from the insurgents, some communities have wiped out other human groups on pretence of weeding out the unwanted. The only crime of those being persecuted is that they are viewed as different. This is the reason behind the Jewish holocaust and the genocides that we still witness today. Segregation and separation of peoples because of their different ethnic and social groups has been a disease on the frontage of humanity for centuries. This attitude hurts the Gospel and ought to be challenged by Christianity.

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Theme:  Powerful word

When a word is spoken it is more than the articulation of an idea; words are dynamic entities pressing onward toward realization in time and space. Once uttered, they can not be revoked; the effectiveness of human words of blessing or cursing can persist and extend beyond the moment of their utterance cf. Genesis 27. More potent than human word is the word of God. In the Bible God’s word is communicated in three ways, as prophecy, as law and as a creative utterance. When God put his word into the mouth of a prophet or commissions someone to speak to the people, that person is assured that his/her ministry will not be in vain. When Samuel was called by God to prophetic service he “grew up and the Lord was with him, not permitting any word of his to be without effect” 1 Samuel 3:19. If we want to progress, the word of God has to find proper space in our lives.

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Theme:  Meek Messiah

Today we are going to reflect on salvation Leadership that is not only different but unique. In normal circumstances an eligible leader is one who is decisive, ambitious, wise, strong, forceful, assertive, determined and experienced. Nowhere in a dictionary do we get a description pointing to the attributes of meek to be a quality of a would-be leader. In contemporary parlance the term meek is evocative of weakness; in fact, the dictionary defines meek as ‘easily imposed upon; submissive’. Etymologically, however, this word has a much more potent meaning; meek is an apt term for describing Israel’s long-awaited Messiah. Meek comes from the Greek word, praotes, which means not easily provoked.

communion1Theme: His Body is our life

Today’s celebration of Corpus Christ is the Solemnity of the very center and heart of our Church and pivot of our faith. The Holy Eucharist is the center and heart of parish, the center and every baptized Catholic. Jesus Christ is fully present in the Blessed Sacrament. I know that some find it difficult to believe that bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Jesus. I can understand your doubts. We don’t see any change in the bread or wine. There is no difference in the taste; the bread still tastes like bread and the wine still tastes like wine. It is going against logic to say that the bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Jesus despite no change in appearance, yet in this mystery of faith, Jesus Christ is fully and wholly present.

Trinity

Theme: God is three in one

Today is Trinity Sunday but remember that every Sunday is a feast day of the Trinity and an occasion to celebrate one God. Although the mystery of the Trinity is central to Christian faith, it remains one of the most difficult doctrines to explain. What is the meaning of the Trinity? The root of the word ‘Trinity’ originates from the Latin word ‘trini’ which means three each, or threefold. The term was used by Tertullian in year 200 A.D to denote the central doctrine of the Christian religion. God who is one and unique in His infinite substance or nature, or Godhead; is three really distinct Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each of these three Persons is truly the same God and has all His infinite perfections; yet He is really distinct from each of the other Persons.

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Theme: Come Holy Spirit

Today, as Church, we celebrate all our birth day in faith. Despite the challenges, failures and tests, the endurance of discipleship has made us witness that Jesus is alive. With this conviction; the Church survives and even thrives! Unlike the survivors of televised notoriety who go it alone, we know that the endurance, perseverance keeps us together as a Church due to the Holy Spirit who does not permit us to be relegated to distant memory or closed away in history’s book. The Holy Spirit instead empowers the Church to be pertinent, relevant and ever attentive to the changing circumstances that call forth its best efforts at service at speaking truth and making known the good news.

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Theme: The Cross is our joy

During the liturgical season of Lent now past, the Church called its members to tend to the reality of sin in their lives and to renew themselves in the daily process of conversion to Christ. During the Holy Triduum, we have all been invited to join our struggles and sufferings to the passion and death of Jesus and to find therein the forgiveness and healing he promised. Now that Lent and its emphasis on the Cross has yielded to the blessed new life and hope of Easter, we are challenged to make manifest the fruit of our Lenten efforts. If indeed, we have been converted to the good news, if we have truly ‘turned over a new page’, then it is time to let our life show the difference. The Church puts before us readings from the Holy Bible which help us to understand the implication of Jesus’ resurrection and the challenge of living an Easter faith.

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Theme: Do this in memory of me

My brothers and sisters in Christ, in order to prepare ourselves to commemorate the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Day, today, we are celebrating Holy Thursday.

This Feast solemnly commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist. During the history of the Holy Catholic Church, this special Feast has been associated with the reconciliation of penitents, the consecration of the holy oils, the washing of the feet, the commemoration of the Blessed Eucharist and Institution of Ministerial Priesthood. Holy Thursday is the night on which our Lord Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples. What went through their mind on that night, we will never know. We can only imagine. What we do know is that Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart from the world and to go to the Father.

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Today is the day when despair and hope meet to decide the fate of humanity. Today we are invited to make a choice and take a stand to stay with or to move away from Jesus.

The usual homilies have less to clarify since the way of the Cross is enough. I pick seven words that may provoke us to retrace where our hope has disappeared so that we may return on the right truck.

The First Word: Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do!  In these words we were all included; the indifferent, those who slapped his face, the Chief Priests hidden by the cruel Centurion’s chariot, the fearful apostles and crowds. But in the distance there is an incredible ultimate grace. We all hung the innocent instead of discerning out the Judas Iscariot who is forever our companion.

Apr 13, 2017

Easter Sunday

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Theme: It is the good news today

We have journeyed with Jesus Christ since Ash Wednesday, climax on Palm Sunday, setting stage for action on Holy Thursday, the challenge of Good Friday and the JOY of Easter Sunday.

What could be your version of the good news of Jesus of Nazareth? Biblical history narrates to us that after the crucifixion of Jesus on Calvary and his hasty burial, members of the Sanhedrin received shocking news informing them that the itinerant teacher and healer was alive after his followers confirmed that his tomb had been found empty. Others people were spreading the news that they had experienced his risen presence. At that, the Jewish official moaned softly and sighed almost inaudibly. And so indeed it was; the resurrection of Jesus marked the beginning of a new way of life centered in Christ Jesus, who died but now lives forever.

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Theme: Death has been defeated

This is a great night, what does it communicate to you?  When God made us he drew us from the depths of the immense ocean of his love.

He set us on this earthly shore and invited us, by means of a deeply embedded desire for him, to freely return to him in love. From the very beginning our existence therefore, our deepest essence, was ordered to a relationship with God. Every tribe and nation from the very commencement of human history has somehow lived this truth and expressed it culturally as religious seeking. God created us and established us in an inescapable relationship with him; inescapable because it is part of our very constitution, like our need for oxygen and water, sunlight and food.

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Theme: Through the Cross, we have been saved

Consider the Cross. Had you been pressed into suggesting a symbol of the salvation proposed for all of humankind through the death and rising of Jesus, would you have put the Cross on the short list? Perhaps a dove flying upward in a blue sky, perhaps hands wide open to embrace, perhaps an artillery ready to shot,  but a Cross !!!??    No way. Every year during this sacred week, the Church invites us to consider once again, the meaning of the Cross. With each passing year we are invited to bring to consideration, understanding and acceptance the mystery of the Cross. Found in both pre-Christian and non-Christian cultures where it has a cosmic and natural significance, the two crossed lines of unequal length symbolize the four dimensions of the universe. In both primitive and advanced civilizations and in places as widespread as India and Peru, the cross was regarded as a sign of power, and regeneration. These natural, cosmic significations of the cross are not abrogated but rather deepened and purified by the development of Christian symbolism.

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Theme: Obstacles and triumphs

History is full up with stories of people who triumphed over seemingly insurmountable disadvantages and challenges. Beethoven was deaf when he composed his Ninth Symphony, so deaf that when his work was first performed, he could not hear a note of the magnificent ode, ‘Joy, thou heavenly spark of Godhead’ with which the symphony concludes. Alexander the Great and Alexander Pope suffered skeletal deformities as did Shakespeare. During these weeks of Lenten preparation for Easter, each of us has ample cause to reflect on those challenges and obstacles which tend to disable or even stunt our spiritual development. With the rest of humankind, we are subject to the hindrances of sin and its consequences. But, like the people mentioned above, we are also capable of overcoming whatever stands between us and the wholeness to which God calls us. At every moment of our existence, we are offered the grace necessary to grow as committed, faithful disciples.

Lady woman

Theme: Come to Jesus the living water

As early as the 4th century, the period of preparation for the Holy Triduum and for the immediate baptismal preparation of catechumen was dominated by three important biblical texts. In Year A of the liturgical cycle, these texts constitute the gospels for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent. Each of these gospels has been coupled with a reading from the Holy Bible designed to place the gospel proclamation in the framework of salvation history. Because each of the persons featured in the gospels, e.g. the woman of Samaria, the man born blind and Lazarus is a paradigm of conversion; their stories offer excellent catechesis. Each gospel also features the transforming love of Christ for those whom he calls to salvation; he is living water, light and sight for the blind and the source of life for all who believe. Fresh, potable water is a necessity of life which most of us here in Church today can probably take for granted.

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Theme:  We are called, blessed and graced

So much of human life is spent in coming and going. Workers commute to and from their offices, factories and places of business. Teachers and students commute to and from school. Immigrants in search of work and greener pastures keep traveling, while the better off in such of tourism are on every traveling object. People seeking better opportunities for education and employment have made ours a mobile society in which one person in five changes residences annually.

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Welcome to Our Lady of Africa Parish Mbuya. We are located near Bugolobi Township in Nakawa Division. It is about 5 kms from the City Centre of Kampala. Mbuya Catholic Parish is a vibrant and diverse community made up of people from different parts of Uganda. We welcome you warmly and joyfully.

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