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Saturday, 16 July 2016 00:00

16th Sunday in ordinary time year C

Written by

Martha

Theme: Hospitality

You may often hear people saying, ‘let’s do lunch’ ‘don’t be a stranger in my house!’ ‘Come over for supper sometime soon!’ While we may have the best intentions, these casual interchanges often remain unrealized. Our lives are busy and socializing has become yet another activity to be squeezed into our already overscheduled calendars. Of course we like to gather and celebrate together; we are eager to reciprocate with an invitation to those who have hosted us in their homes. But how many of us offer hospitality to complete strangers as Abraham did? And how many of us feel burdened by what we perceive as an obligation as Martha did? How many of us are truly aware that our salvation hinges on hospitality? Unfortunately, some among us have come to think of the art of hospitality as an option that we can choose when it is feasible, but not as a necessary function of our spiritual, social and economic survival.

Saturday, 09 July 2016 00:00

15th Sunday in ordinary time year c

Written by

goodsamaritan

Theme: Wounded Healers

Here is a story that opens our reflection. Once upon a time a poor villager came to town to earn money for dowry. He made money, made his purchases and was returning home at nightfall with his donkey and wagon heavily laden. Suddenly, his wagon fell into a swampy pit created by the spring rains. A wealthy shrewd businessman passing by heard his cries, and he and his servant worked together to rescue the villager and his belongings. Then he roped the poor man’s belongings to his carriage and took him to his home. When the shrewd businessman saw the abject poverty in which the man and his family lived, he gave them a large sum of money and went on his way. Years later, when the shrewd businessman man died and was brought before the heavenly tribunal, he was reminded that some of his business dealings had been so shady that he would be sentenced to eternal punishment. Then an angel of mercy appeared with the heavenly scales to determine whether the good deeds of the rich man outweighed his sins. The angel placed on the side good deeds the poor villager and his family, whom the rich man had saved from misery.

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Theme: Mission!

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world: ‘an idea whose time has come’. Jesus came among us with such an idea. It can be distilled into seven short words: “the kingdom of God is at hand” Mark 1:15. In all his words and through all his works, Jesus clearly communicated this idea to any who would listen, telling them about God’s care and concern for every human hurt and need. In order to spread his message to as many as possible, Jesus developed a method of preaching and style of mission that reached out to the needy wherever they were. His was an effort characterized by mobility and those who followed him were also to forego the security and comfort of home. They went forth rooted only in the word that he preached, which they had allowed to find a home in their hearts. It is significant that Jesus did not delay the mission of the first disciples until their formation was complete. On the contrary, their mission was an integral part of the process through which they would grow into their vocation. The experience of those first disciples calls out to us as we strive to follow Jesus as they did. ‘Ours is an idea whose time has come, we are called to be on our way.

plowTheme: Discipleship

Discipleship is a costly commitment. It requires disciples to put Christ and the Gospel first, even before family, friends and the security of a place to call home. Discipleship is not a part-time job. Nor do a few hours of weekly volunteer work substitute for what should be an entire way of life, one that is so profoundly impacted by the person and mission of Jesus that he is reflected in every thought, word and deed of the believer. If we were willing to learn the meaning of real discipleship and actually to become disciples, the Church around us would be transformed and the impact on society would vivid.

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Theme: Who is Jesus?

At the heart of this liturgy and at the heart of each one of us is the question asked today by Jesus: ‘Who do you say that I am’? We are well aware of Peter’s response: ‘the Christ of God’. We are also aware that the full implications of his response would only become clear to Peter and the others as they looked back on this moment with eyes enlightened by Easter faith. We know, too, that we speak our own responses to this same question not only with our lips that say the words but also with the lives we live, which show the world who Jesus is for us. In addition to this very important question, there is another life-altering question deserving of our serious consideration: ‘Do you think Jesus is dead or alive’? When someone we once knew is dead, we do not hear directly from them again. We may hear about them from others who knew them, but the information is only an echo of the past and not a new word in the present.

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Theme: Your sins are forgiven

Most of the time when people are arrested red handed in crime, after remand, when brought before the judge; the usual sentence pronounced is ‘not guilty’. This is the initial response given often by political and public personalities accused of crime. The web that is created by lies heaped upon lies, no matter how convincingly they are told, usually unravels at some point. Even then, however, some continue to cling to the fiction of innocence. What is lacking in each of these minds of wrongdoing is a humble integrity that leads sinners to own their actions and decisions and admit their guilt. British historian and politician Thomas McCauley once described integrity as the measure of a good person who does the right thing, even when no one would know whether you did it or not. People with integrity are those whose words match their deeds and whose behaviors mirror their values. Their honesty and ethics can be trusted. They honor commitments; they are known for doing the right things for the right reasons, at the right times. While numerous instances of integrity take place in public settings, the most powerful acts are often performed in those quiet moments when no one else is looking.

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Theme: Restoring us to life

A question that I have often used to guide a person in considering their own purpose in life is: For what reason do you take up space on this earth, consume its resources, breathe its air and do so for all the years of your life?  In answering that question, we find ourselves drawn to God’s purpose for creating us in the first place. We see several statements in scripture that provide guidance in answering this very complex and profound question. 

Consider “Every one who is named as mine, whom I created for my glory, I have formed and made” Isaiah 43:7. God created mankind for His own glory, for His own purpose. Most people go through life without any concept that this is fully God’s intent for every individual whom He created.  People tend to live lives that are fully intended to fulfill entirely their own desires, striving to get all that is possible out of this life for their own benefit, only to find that the gathering of the things of this world do not satisfy that deep and basic need for purpose. 

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Theme: Give them food

Since the Word of God is living, there are always a variety of ways to enter into the text. Once inside the mystery, if we are open-minded believers we get challenged to listen, to ponder and to allow the transformative power of God’s goodness to lead us towards conversion and growth. Because the word of God lives, it also has a portable quality; we are encouraged to carry it with us into our lives then it can transform us to be true, just and holy. In our travel together, the Word continually challenges our commitment our faith and our generosity. Today, this challenge can be summed up in a few words directed by Jesus “Give them some food yourselves” Luke 9:13.  To put it in a straight way, those who have been fed with God’s gracious gifts are thereby expected to attend to the needs and hungers of others. When God called the Israelites out of Egypt, He saw to their needs and fed them with manna, quail and water from the rock. Fed by God, the Israelites were then to feed and care for the needy among them. This created a pattern of care and hospitality upon which their very survival depended. This is what is expected of us even today.

Theme: Come Holy Spirit

Today, as Church, we celebrate all of us who have survived together as a community in this world. Despite the challenges, failures and tests of endurance that living in this world as Jesus’ disciples may present; the Church survives and even thrives! Unlike the survivors of televised notoriety who go it alone, we know that the endurance, perseverance and continued survival of the Church is due to the Holy Spirit who does not permit the Church 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.

Ascension

Theme: Heaven is the our destination

With the Ascension of Jesus; the Christ-event has come full circle. Jesus true God who became flesh and lived within the parameters of human existence has gone home to God in glory. It was not for his own sake that he did undertake the journey into the depths of human need, frailty and death, but for our sake. Ascension therefore is the universal event of salvation history that must recur in each believer through grace so that we can enter into heaven.

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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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