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Dec 22, 2015 Written by  Fr John Mungereza

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Dear Friends Christmas is here. Christmas means the coming of God’s light into the darkness of our world. His light was not lit once in Bethlehem and then extinguished. It continues to shine for all who believe in him. It is a persistent and defiant light that no darkness can over power. May the coming of God’s son scatter the darkness of the world, and make it radiant with his light. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Is 9:2

There is such a thing as the spirit of Christmas. It is a liberating and joyful Spirit. Even though our culture has become almost totally secularized, the Christmas Spirit is still alive.

There is a man who had a bitter row with his daughter Suzan who fled to Kampala from their village. As Christmas approached he suddenly decided to phone his estranged daughter and begged her to come home for Christmas. The daughter accepted the invitation and on both sides all was forgiven. What is it about Christmas that can bring about a reconciliation like that?

Every Christmas let’s loose a veritable army of Christians, singing carols, collecting money for Charity, visiting the sick, visiting prisoners, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless. What is it about Christmas that causes people to put themselves out to help others without a thought for a reward?

A young man who helps us to repair broken water pipes in the Parish came to the office lately and I asked him how he was travelling to the village to celebrate Christmas with his lonely grandfather and take him something so that he may also be happy on Christmas.

Why is it that Christmas elicits such noble behavior? It is because of the message announced by an Angel to the shepherds; Behold, I bring you news of great joy. Today a saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Christmas is a mystery of love. Reveals God’s unconditional love for us, reveals the mystery of our dignity of God’s Children and reveals the splendor of our eternal destiny.

When Christmas day dawns, even though there are no signs in the sky, there are many signs around you for those who know where to look for them. On this day there is more light, more love, more warmth and more hope in the world. People are friendlier on Christmas Day. No one passes without a greeting. On this day, one feels part of the human family or at least desires to be part of it. To walk alone, or eat alone on Christmas seems strange, even wrong. We get a feeling that life is good and has meaning. We experience the brotherhood and sisterhood of all human beings. Christ turns a foreigner into a neighbour, a stranger into a brother. This is the Miracle of Christmas.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.” John 3:16

May you taste the joy the joy the shepherds experienced when the light of God’s glory shone round them on that first Christmas night. May you follow Christ’s light faithfully on earth. May Christ fill your hearts with joy and make you heralds of his gospel. May the peace of God, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Merry xmas to you all.

Fr. John Mungereza

Parish Priest

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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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