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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.

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Theme: The truth in the cost of discipleship

The cost of discipleship is set of truth before us as the praying assembly every time we gather around the word of God. This truth, told through many generations and in various accents, has been shaped and colored by a multiplicity of different experiences and motivations. Because the truth is often hard to hear, quite difficult to assimilate and challenging to translate into words and deeds, it is sometimes rejected, is regularly ignored and even more frequently is relegated to a sort of waiting room of our lives until such time as that truth might become more convenient or less disturbing. But despite our every attempt to avoid it, the truth continues to speak. Like the proverbial 2,000 Kilograms elephant in the room that we would rather talk around, the truth remains. The decision to listen and to heed that truth is the daily challenge of every would-be disciple of God, of Jesus.

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: Decide now

 Luke’s account of the Passion of Jesus contains a number of emotional moments that show how what happens to Jesus forces others to make decisions. The majority of the disciples will pledge their loyalty at the Last Supper, then run away when the police converge on Jesus in the garden. Peter boasts of his steadfastness, then denies any association with Jesus when questioned. Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss. Pilate seeks to avoid passing judgment on a man he thinks is innocent first by sending him to Herod who mocks and beats Jesus and sends him back; then by appealing to the crowd to choose him over Barabbas; finally by trying to pacify the Sanhedrin by having him flogged. Luke tries to exonerate the Romans of Jesus’ death as the early Church seeks an entry into the Mediterranean world. But in the end he can only show the pressure a cowardly Pilate was under as he gives in and hands Jesus over to be crucified, a form of capital punishment only Rome could inflict.

To fast is to do without food.  Its purpose is to experience the effects of not eating.  It also serves to be a penance or a sacrifice - for the purpose of strengthening us.  When we don't eat, for even a little while, we get hungry.  When we get hungry, we have a heightened sense of awareness.  If, when we eat too much, we have a sluggish feeling, when we fast, we have a feeling of alertness.  Fasting is a wonderful exercise whenever we want to sincerely ask for an important grace from God.  It is not that our fasting "earns" God's attention, but by fasting, we clarify our thinking and our feeling.  It is purifying and prepares us to pray more deeply.

A few days ago, a good size Cross has been unveiled at Mbuya in the compound of Our Lady of Africa Parish Church which is one of the places frequented by a good number of Catholics in and around Kampala. This Cross which stands at 35 feet above the ground and 15 feet under the soil; with a well sculptured image of the Crucified Jesus that weighs approximately two tones, has been built to commemorate two important events in the life of Mbuya Parish in particular and Uganda in general.

The first baptism in Mbuya took place on 11th July 1964 which should be counting fifty year by now. The second reason is to honor our Holy Martyrs of Uganda who were canonized on 18th October 1964. The Golden Jubilee of these two invents was the drive behind this common but meaningful visible sign in a form of the Cross. 

Today the 19th October 2014 World Mission Sunday, the Holy Cross that has been erected at Mbuya has been blessed by His Grace Archbishop Michael August Blume S.V.D, the Apostolic Nuncio in Uganda. The building of the Cross started on the 28th July 2013 after a brief meeting with Mr. Patrick Loti, the artist who had been recommended to me by the Provincial Superior of the Comboni Missionaries Fr. Silvester Hategek’Imaana to whom I had mentioned my desire to erect a cross in this Parish of Mbuya.

Theme: This Cross is a means for our Salvation

Strange as it may seem, the Cross, which was the Roman instrument for executing its basest criminals, is the foremost identifying symbol of Christianity. In its crossbars, the Cross holds in tension both the humiliation of the manner of Jesus’ death and the triumph over sin which Jesus’ dying accomplished. Because of this tension and the seemingly irreconcilable contradiction that a crucified man could also be God, the earliest generations of Christians generally avoided depicting the body of Christ on the Cross. Ironically, the oldest representation of the crucified Christ has been identified as a graffito found on a wall in Rome in the second century after Christ.

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

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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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