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Theme: We are ambassadors and Companions

We start this Sunday reflection by reminding ourselves that any good relations among nations begin with good relationships between individuals. In the light of this, we have the duty to develop the necessary reverence for the differences that exist among ourselves without which a mature and honest interaction cannot occur. If we can make a play of words, the letter A for African resident can also stand for Ambassador.

Theme: we are present in peace and in panic

Above the office door of the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, hung a stone plaque inscribed with the words: Called or Not, God is Present. Jungs sign summarized in a few words what the joint testaments of Judaism and Christianity have put forth in thousands of words indicating that the transcendent almighty God chooses to be with humanity, to communicate, to love and move among us whether is called or not; in peace as well as in panic.

Even a superficial reading of Scripture will reveal that numerous human experiences of God were underscored by the assurance of Gods presence. Words such as: “I am with you” are from God encouraging Abraham in Genesis 17:7. “I am with you” was the promise which was reinstated with the covenant renewal in Exodus 34:9-10 and ultimately, the steady presence of God took a name, Emmanuel in Isaiah 7:14 which became flesh in the person and mission of Jesus Christ cf. Matthew 1:21-23. Jesus thereafter, made the promise of his presence a legacy of the Church which has persisted and continues until today cf. Matthew 28:20.

JesusfeedsA Theme: Come, Eat, Listen, Learn and Live

Researchers on world nutrition report that for at least 2/3 of the world’s population, lack of food is a daily experience. This class of people does not experience the slightest twinge of abdominal rumbling which may occur if a meal is skipped or delayed. On the other hand is a group of people indeep pain, sunken-eyes, emaciating bodies with a type of hunger which is virtually starvation. In reality, every hour of every day, at least 1500 people die of hunger or hunger-related causes while farmers in some of the world’s wealthiest industrialized nations are paid not to grow certain crops and to relegate others to storage bins and warehouses. To further compound this untenable situation, billions of dollars are spent annually on a variety of weight loss products and programs because 1/3 of the world’s population is bursting with 75% of its food supply. May be some of you here who are among the fortunate, for whom physical hunger is not a routine experience, it may be difficult to fully appreciate the impact of today’s readings. In both the first reading and the gospel the hungry are invited to come and be filled at the banquet which the Lord freely provides. Can these readings prove us to appreciate what God has been providing?

Readings: 1st 1Kgs.3:5.7-12; Ps.118; 2nd Rom.8.28-30; Gospel: Mt.13: 44-52.

Theme of the Readings

One of the characteristics of human beings is freedom to choice. Choice is the theme that unites the liturgical texts of today through which the Church invites us to reflect on how to live in a more evangelical way. In the Gospel, a man chooses to sell everything he owns to buy the field where he has discovered a buried treasure. Likewise, a merchant decides to sell all he has to obtain the most precious pearl of all. It should be noted that human choices are made in life.  

In contrast it is no longer man or woman who will choose at the end of time but God himself. In the parable of the dragnet, it is clear that God will make his choice about our destiny on judgement day. The second reading speaks of God’s call and man’s or woman’s subsequent response. Solomon’s prayer and God’s response to him (first reading) shows that it is in prayer where one becomes capable of making the most authentic decisions and choices in life.

Theme: All loving God, bless us with wisdom

What if? From time immemorial, flights of fancy and incredible imaginings have been launched by these two small words. What if you could be President, Prime minister, Army Commander, Inspector General of Police, a Mr. Sudil Rupareria for a day; . . . what would you do? What if you won the lottery; how would you spend it? What if you could meet a person of your choice, past or present, living or dead; whom would it be? What if there really were a magic lamp and a genie who could grant you three wishes; what would they be? What if you could travel to any place in the world; where would you go? What if you had the opportunity to pass a law; what would it concern? What if you could cure one of the world’s illnesses; which one would it be? Obviously, the answers to these “What if?” queries would vary, depending upon the respondent’s age, background, circumstances in life, preferences, etc. Young children, for example, may wish to meet Santa Claus or Superman. They may wish for cookies that grow on trees, a trip to Disneyworld or a shorter school day. But those who are more mature in the business of living the faith and making a living would probably reflect that maturity in their answers. Any serious response to a “What if” question would necessarily be rooted in and shaped by the values a person holds.

Theme: Patience pays

If we were compare the mercy and patience of God to the cruelty of some human persons, what strikes is a tremendous contrast of extremes. There is a tendency among us human beings to distinguish, discriminate and even to ridicule one another. This high measure of weakness and diminishment of personal value has in some occasions unfortunately proved to be a sufficient momentum for provoking some of the darkest periods in the history of humankind. In an effort to separate ‘good’ from ‘bad’, or the law abiding from the insurgents, some communities have wiped out other human groups on pretence of weeding out the unwanted. The only crime of those being persecuted is that they are viewed as different. This is the reason behind the Jewish holocaust and the genocides that we still witness today. Segregation and separation of peoples because of their different ethnic groups, ideas and social mores, has been a disease on the frontage of humanity for centuries. This attitude has to the Gospel and ought to be challenged by Christianity because it is not in the original agenda of God.

Readings: 1st Wis.12:13.16-19; Ps.85; 2nd Rom.8:26-27; Gospel: Mt.13:24-43.


Dichotomy in life is the great realism of Christian teaching in the liturgy of today. There is the presence of good and evil in the world surrounding us and within the human person. The master of the land sows the good seed while his enemy sows the bad seed among it. The wheat and the darnel grow together until the time of the harvest symbolising the fact that good and evil can only be distinguished at judgement both now and at the end of life (Gospel).

Theme: Patience pays

If we were compare the mercy and patience of God to the cruelty of some human persons, what strikes is a tremendous contrast of extremes. There is a tendency among us human beings to distinguish, discriminate and even to ridicule one another.

Theme: The powerful word

Appreciation of the power and effectiveness of the words is reflective of a similar understanding of the word of God in scripture. When a word is spoken it is more than the articulation of an idea; words are dynamic entities pressing onward toward realization in time and space.

Readings: 1st Acts 12:1-11; Ps.33; 2nd 2Tim4:6-8.17-18; Gospel: Mt.16:13-19.
The liturgy points out St. Peter and St. Paul, the two great Apostles of the
first Christian community, to us as teachers and confessors of the TRUE
faith. "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God," Peter proclaims on
behalf of the other disciples in answer to Jesus' question: "But you, who do
you say I am?" This very confession of faith is the reason why Herod Agrippa
persecuted Peter and put him in prison to please the scribes and the
Pharisees as is evident in the first reading.

Theme: “Their sound goes through all the earth."  Psalm 18:5

Today is one of those rare opportunities when the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul falls on a Sunday. This gives us a chance to reflect together as a community of believers on the faith and spirituality of these extraordinary characters in the history of evangelization. The two are a wonderful remind that the Church which we are;

Theme: I am the Bread of Life

All of us together form the Church. Today’s celebration of Corpus Christ is the feast of the very center and heart of our church, the center and heart of our faith, and the center and heart of parish, the center and heart of the lives of each of us. He is in the Blessed Sacrament.

I know that some find it difficult to believe that bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Jesus. I can understand your doubts. We don’t see any change in the bread or wine. There is no difference in the taste; the bread still tastes like bread and the wine still tastes like wine. It is going against logic to say that the bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Jesus despite no change in appearance. With our intellect we can understand that God must be keeping the universe together, that God is the origin of everything, but reason will only take us so far. Then we need to add faith to our reason and intellect. As Paul says, in the Christian life we go by faith and not by sight see 2 Corinthians 5:7. We need to be humble and open to God performing a miracle every day in this Church, the miracle of the Eucharist.

Readings: 1st Dt.8:2-3.14-16; Ps.147; 2nd 1Cor.10:16-17; Gospel: Jn.6:51-58.

Theme of the Readings

Manna, bread (flesh) and wine (blood) are words abundantly used this Sunday when we celebrate the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. According to the first reading - Deuteronomy, Moses says to the people: "Yahweh your God fed you with manna which neither you nor your fathers had known." Jesus says in the Gospel: "I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.

Theme: A Triad Communication

Although the mystery of the Trinity is central to Christian faith, it remains one of the most difficult doctrines to explain. For all that have tried do concede that even the most scholarly treatises can only help any believer to approach the mystery. Take any erudite analysis and scrutinize it and you will realize that it can only approximate the profound reality of a Trinitarian God.

Readings: 1st Ex.34:4-6.8-9; Ps.Dan.3:52-56; 2nd 2Cor.13:11-13; Gospel Jn.3:16-18

THEME of the reading

The revelation of the Trinitarian mystery stands out in the texts of the liturgy of today. The passage from Exodus reveals the unity of God and the Father’s heart "of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness.

Reading: 1st Acts 2:1-11; 2nd 1Cor.12:3-7,12-13; Gospel: Jn.20:19-23.

THEME of the readings.

“The Holy Spirit is present and active among the followers of Jesus”. The Twelve disciples of Jesus and the first Christian community were strengthened by the Holy Spirit just as He enlivens the liturgy of the Word today (first reading). Fifty days after Easter, we commemorate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit; a powerful wind which filled the Upper Room and descended on those who were gathered there. In the Gospel the risen Jesus says to the Twelve: "Receive the Holy Spirit."

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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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