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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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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.

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.

While Jesus had been preparing His disciples for some time, hinting to them that He was about to be betrayed and crucified, the disciples did not appear to perceive what Jesus was telling them. Remember, they were fishermen by origin. They had barely any education except that they knew about boats and nets. Before celebrating this last meal with his disciples, Jesus washed their feet saying that “as I have loved you, you also love one another” John 13: 34. The significance of this is that God intends to make sure that love and service are at the heart of his followers. Like the rest of us the disciples had been more impressed with his miracles, infinite wisdom and His endless knowledge but what was of value was love. While they affirmed that Jesus was the Son of God and the Messiah, their actions at the time of his arrest will clearly tell us that they were very weak in human nature and only love could strengthen. Today our love for one another must rise and shine.

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Sunday Masses

Luganda: 7:30 am.  English: 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 5;00 pm.

Crowd possible, please don't be late! May God bless you!

About Our Church

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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