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Theme: Light of Day

Today, the Christians world over celebrate a mother and the Son to whom she has given birth. This unique baby is the messiah, Jesus Christ in whom God has come to dwell among us. Through him all darkness that had previously threatened to overwhelm humankind is now on notice.  Light has come to birth, the strong hold of night has been broken.

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Theme: Today a Saviour has been born to you

Christmas is finally here. All four weeks of Advent we have been waiting and praying for the coming blessings of Christmas. And now Christmas is here. Today the angels are bringing us the good news of great joy for all the people, for to us is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. This good news of great joy is for all the people of God. As people of God we have a claim to the joy and the peace that the birth of Christ brings to the world. But how do I personally enter into this ‘great joy’ of Christmas? Christmas rings out ‘joy to the world’, yes, but how do I make this joy my own? This is the question at hand. Even though God has declared joy to the whole world, there are still many among us who do not know how to claim and make it their own.

Theme: He is the light of Day

A few years ago, a couple from Spain on a visit to Kampala stood on the shores of Lake Victoria at Luzira landing site marveling at its vast expanse and admiring the industriousness of the fishermen who, for generations, had made a living from its bounty. Located about 7 Kilometers from Kampala  City at a height of about  900 feet above sea level, Lake Victoria is bordered by three cone-shaped hills that add to the majestic view. As the couple watched and wondered, a woman approached them. Obviously quite pregnant and smiling pleasantly as she winced against the pain that accompanies imminent birth, she showed them the package she was carrying and, through signs and gestures, asked if they’d like to see its contents.  When the woman shyly unwrapped the parcel, she brought forth a beautifully hand-woven, bright and multi-colored palm leaves mat, the size of an average dinning table. ‘Did you make this?’ the couple asked. Her answering gestures signaled ‘yes’, while her face beamed with pride when they praised her artistry.  Eager to sell her work but also eager to leave the lakeshore, the lovely, soon-to-be mother shifted from one foot to another trying to mask her growing discomfort.  As the exchange was being made, so also were introductions and the couple learned that they were speaking to Namutebi, who was about to ‘to give a child to the light.’ So you are dar a luz. A Spanish term ‘dar a lu’ which literally means ‘to give to the light,’ is virtually pregnant with significance, particularly today, when Christians world over celebrate another mother and the Son to whom she gave birth. Through Jesus Christ, God has come to dwell among us; by virtue of God’s presence, all darkness that had previously threatened to overwhelm humankind is now on notice.  Light has come to birth, the stranglehold of night has been broken.

Theme: Today a Saviour has been born to you

Christmas is finally here. All four weeks of Advent we have been waiting and praying for the coming blessings of Christmas. And now Christmas is here. Today the angels are bringing us the good news of great joy for all the people, for to us is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. This good news of great joy is for all the people of God. As people of God we have a claim to the joy and the peace that the birth of Christ brings to the world. But how do I personally enter into this ‘great joy’ of Christmas? Christmas rings out ‘joy to the world’, yes, but how do I make this joy my own? This is an important question, for, even though God has declared joy to the whole world, there are still many among us who do not flow in this joy, many among us who do not know how to claim this joy and make it their own personally.

Dear Friends and Parishioners!

Let us all rejoice in the Lord, for our savior has been born in the world. Today true peace has come down to us from heaven.

Long ago there lived a wise and good king who loved his people. He wanted to know how they lived and wanted particularly to know about their hardships. Disguised and dressed in the clothes of a beggar, he used to visit the homes of the poor. No one whom he visited ever guessed he was their ruler.

Theme: Where Does God Live?

In many countries, the Christmas crib is one of the most recognizable symbols of the season. The images of Mary, Joseph, shepherds, magi and farm animals cluster around a trough of hay within which an image of the baby Jesus is placed to mark yet another celebration of his birth. Children, having their first experience of the crib are apt to ask questions which cause adults to stop and think before attempting a response. One question in particular remains fresh in my memory.

Where does Jesus live for the rest of the year? Today’s readings invite us to give some consideration to the thoughts which prompted that innocent question. Where, indeed, does God live? Is there a special place where God can be found? Can any place or any thing contain God’s presence? By the time the Israelites returned from exile in Babylonia, their many experiences of God had led them to understand that there was nowhere that God was not present. The teaching which was familiar insisted; if I fly toward dawn, or settle across the sea even there you take hold of me, your right hand directs me . . . if I scale the heavens you are there! I plunge to the depths, you are there! But before they arrived at this understanding, our ancestors in the faith recognized and sought God’s presence was on mountains, in the desert cloud and pillar of fire, in the tent of meeting, the Ark of the Covenant and later in the temple. How about me and you? Do we recognize that God is infinite?

Christmas is the moment in which history is condensed in time so that human raceis made to subscribe to grace; making all creation to experience salvation from God. In situations of misery and poverty God comes to visit his people in a manner that will surely attract their curiosity and attention. For generations humanity had been resistant to embrace the experience of being comprehensively loved. The voice and presence of prophets had left an impact of deep explanations towards doing good and abandoning evil but majority of men and women chose to neglect such reminders. Christmas manifests the day when God assumes human nature and comes to dwell on earth to personally save his people.

Theme: The advent experience

Every year Mother Church celebrates the Nativity of Jesus Christ on 25 December and none of us need to be reminded about that date. However, the Church also supplies a season of preparation because it realizes that good anticipation is as good as half the joy! Advent is that time, a time to prepare and anticipating the coming of Christ. It is the time when we can get excited about coming to almost a good conclusion of the calendar year. When I say prepare for and anticipate Christmas, I do not mean that we buy more gifts or go shopping. While these things have a value in themselves, we need to be alert about the consumeristic preparation for Christmas.

First: Is. 63:16-17.19; 64:1-7; Second: 1Cor.1: 3-9; Gospel: Mk.13:33-37

Theme of the readings

All human life is a long vigil of waiting for the Lord. Advent is specifically designated to focus of this process to keep alive our hope of salvation. The Gospel says three times: "Be on your guard, stay awake," because you never know when the time will come, when the master of the house is coming. In the first letter to the Corinthians, Paul talks about waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed, "he will continue to give you strength till the very end." The beautiful invocation to the Lord that we find in the third passage of Isaiah expresses the wish that the Lord may break into history with his might, as if it were a new Exodus, recalling that "You are our Father."

When this year began, some of us could easily share in these assumptions: The year is so long; will it soon come to completion? I have started the year with some difficult, how will its end look like?  I have some objectives to achieve, will I sure succeed? Some members of my family seem determined to be an obstacle, will all continue like this? I have started happy and I want to end the year on the same note, will I sustain this hope? All these and some other situations could be part of our luggage in your mind until now.

Not withstanding this, the year is concluding and soon this year will be recorded history. The period of advent and Christmas though give each person of good will a chance to evaluate what has been experienced and see where to catch up.

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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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