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Theme: Obstacles and triumphs

History is full up with stories of people who triumphed over seemingly insurmountable disadvantages and challenges. Beethoven was deaf when he composed his Ninth Symphony, so deaf that when his work was first performed, he could not hear a note of the magnificent ode, ‘Joy, thou heavenly spark of Godhead’ with which the symphony concludes. Alexander the Great and Alexander Pope suffered skeletal deformities as did Shakespeare. During these weeks of Lenten preparation for Easter, each of us has ample cause to reflect on those challenges and obstacles which tend to disable or even stunt our spiritual development. With the rest of humankind, we are subject to the hindrances of sin and its consequences. But, like the people mentioned above, we are also capable of overcoming whatever stands between us and the wholeness to which God calls us. At every moment of our existence, we are offered the grace necessary to grow as committed, faithful disciples.

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Theme: Come to Jesus the living water

As early as the 4th century, the period of preparation for the Holy Triduum and for the immediate baptismal preparation of catechumen was dominated by three important biblical texts. In Year A of the liturgical cycle, these texts constitute the gospels for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent. Each of these gospels has been coupled with a reading from the Holy Bible designed to place the gospel proclamation in the framework of salvation history. Because each of the persons featured in the gospels, e.g. the woman of Samaria, the man born blind and Lazarus is a paradigm of conversion; their stories offer excellent catechesis. Each gospel also features the transforming love of Christ for those whom he calls to salvation; he is living water, light and sight for the blind and the source of life for all who believe. Fresh, potable water is a necessity of life which most of us here in Church today can probably take for granted.

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Theme:  We are called, blessed and graced

So much of human life is spent in coming and going. Workers commute to and from their offices, factories and places of business. Teachers and students commute to and from school. Immigrants in search of work and greener pastures keep traveling, while the better off in such of tourism are on every traveling object. People seeking better opportunities for education and employment have made ours a mobile society in which one person in five changes residences annually.

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Theme: Be aware of evil

Few among us will dispute the fact that the world in which we live is fraught with evil. Any newspaper, periodical, radio or television broadcast will offer adequate proof of its presence. War, victims of ethnic violence, the millions of refugee camps and all those whose lives are scarred by the abuse or indifference of others demonstrates pervasive evil in human society. But while its existence goes unquestioned, the origin of evil and the tragedies it produces has been the subject of debate for centuries. Contemporary analysts of society attribute the ills which plague it to conflicting ideologies and economic imbalances. At the beginning of this Lenten season, the Church affirms the fact that human beings continue to struggle with the reality of evil, in society at large, as well as in their individual lives.

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Theme: Be Purified And Be Reconciled To God

My brothers and sisters in Christ, today we are entering a new season, one of penance and mortification. Together, we have gathered here to celebrate “Ash Wednesday,” the first of forty days of the Lenten Season that precedes Easter. On this special occasion, we are called to be reconciled to God. Through the sacramental of ashes that is symbolic of penance, we are reminded that we as sinners are but dust and ashes cf. Genesis 18:27

Today, in preparation for the joy of Easter that approaches, we need to call upon the mercy of the Lord Jesus, asking Him for His blessings and forgiveness for the Heavenly Father does not want us to die but to live with the risen Christ who reigns forever and ever. As such, through the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we ought to prepare ourselves to celebrate the death and glorious Resurrection of Christ our Saviour by being cleansed from our sins through a renewal of spirit.

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Theme: Trusting in providence

In order to develop a sincere relationship with our creator, we need to be convinced that we have a parental God, who loves, creates, redeems, forgives and renews all peoples. It is common knowledge that God is abundant in his providence and caring and is concerned with and for all our needs. When we are made confident by God’s love and freed by his attentiveness, we can serve wholeheartedly in a manner worthy of the blessings we have received. This must be our aim and goal in today’s liturgy.

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Theme: Be perfect

Daring to achieve the best is an instinct compatible to a human person. In line with normal inclinations, a request is being put before us today that we are invited to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. This exhortation forms an inclusion around our liturgy today. Within this set standard we can trace the development of Judaism’s ethical vision and its subsequent reinforcement by Jesus upon his disciples and also its implications for any Christian community. To follow Jesus is not a mini plan action. One needs to be fully set and determined.

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Theme: The significance of Law

Since time in memorial, the law and its practice has been variously assessed and appreciated throughout the course of human history. It is clear knowledge that the net of the law is spread so wide; to the extent that no one can hide from it. Its meshes are so fine and thin, yet they take in every one’s of wrong. The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep where they are not authorized, to hurt another person and to steal as common necessities as bread. It is mere common sense that the law, once promulgated, it has to be respected. But what is Law? Law is a discipline and a profession concerned with the customs, practices and rules of a community that are recognized as binding by that community.

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Theme: Taste and See!

Centuries before Jesus, an unnamed psalmist invited his community to “taste and see the goodness of the Lord” Psalm 34:9. Since its composition, Psalm 34 has been classified as a thanksgiving prayer by which any one with an intention to praise God found fitting expressions. Tasting and seeing refers to that knowledge which has been gained, not through any informative process, instead it is existential and experiential in nature and manner. Tasting and seeing comes from being the kind of person we are. When Jesus addressed his disciples as the salt of the earth and the light of the world, he thereby charged each of his followers to be the kind of person in whom others could taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

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Theme: Trusting in the Lord is our success

What memories do we have when we celebrate our Independence Day? History tells us that on 9th October 1962, Uganda declare her independence from the British rule. Independence means self-rule which determines a nation’s direction, goals and priorities. With the same mindset, the reading we have today invites us to consider a similar perspective whereby we acknowledge being free citizens of a new world depending solely on God.

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Theme: Those walking in darkness have seen a great light.

Apart from those who live in the polar regions of our planet, most of the peoples of this earth experience day and night on a daily basis. In addition to the routine occurrences of sunrise and sunset, there are other experiences of light and darkness which may lend themselves to a fuller understanding of today’s scripture readings. Eclipses of the sun and moon, misconstrued and feared by the people of old, sum up the experience of darkness and light into a few minutes. Before these phenomena were understood by scientists, eclipses were regarded as portents of evil, offering cosmic commentary regarding some earthly crisis; these days this is no longer the interpretation. Survivors of wars narrate the dreaded blackouts whereby every window was darkened or covered to prevent enemy from detecting a target for their attack.

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Theme: Called, consecrated and commissioned

Recently, I was invited by friends to participate in the baptism of their newborn son. As I watched and listened, the celebrant asked the traditional questions of the baptismal rite. . . Who presents this child for baptism?. .What do you ask for your child?.. What name have you chosen for your child?...Naturally, the baby, only weeks old, was unresponsive to the questions, except for a little crying and gurgling, he was a rather passive participant at his own Baptism. His parents and God-parents responded to the celebrant’s questions for him and it appeared to be obvious to all present that these loving parents would continue to be responsive and responsible for their son until such time as he was capable of doing so for himself.

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Theme:  All nations have seen his salvation

In life never to be silent when human beings are enduring suffering and humiliation. There is so much to be done; there is so much that even one person can do. With the feast of Epiphany we are invited to be that one person who can do something, however small it may appear to dispel darkness that enshrouds others. In today’s first reading, Prophet Isaiah describes the chasing away of Israel’s night in terms of a great parade of nations coming to bask in the light of Jerusalem, made glorious and luminous by the salvific presence of God. In a similarly dramatic fashion, the Gospel of Matthew relates the story of the Magi traveling from the east, led by a star to pay homage to Jesus the light of the world. What Isaiah and Matthew envision on a grand scale, each of us is challenged to replicate on a smaller but efficient level.

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Theme: non violence, a style of politics for peace

Violence and peace are at the origin of two opposite ways to building society. The proliferation of hotbeds of violence produces most serious negative social consequences. The Holy Father sums up this situation in the expression: ‘A third world war in pieces’. Peace, by contrast, promotes social positive consequences and it allows the achievement of real progress. Therefore, we should act within what is possible, and negotiate ways of peace even where they seem tortuous and impractical. Thus, nonviolence can acquire a more comprehensive and new meaning.

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Theme: Today a Saviour has been born to you

Perhaps it is the traditional trappings of the season or the simplistic notion that Christmas is merely the birthday of Jesus; whatever the reason, many of us become preoccupied with the star, the shepherds and the stable as the representations of a long-ago birth. Retelling the story certainly has its merits provided that all the ramifications and dimensions of that event are also appreciated. Each Christmas, we celebrate the coming, not only of a baby Jesus born in Bethlehem, but of the risen and universal Christ. Each Christmas, we are plunged into his coming, past, present and future; in a wondrous intermingling of possession and expectation, we celebrate the abiding and saving presence of Jesus.

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Theme: The Word become flesh and dwelt among us

Throughout Advent there is a note of underlying joy and expectancy. It reaches its height on the 25th day of December as the feast of the birth of Christ is finally celebrated. “He came into the world that was made through him” John 1:3. The world was not a strange place for Jesus; he was not a tourist visiting a foreign country. Even before his arrival from his heavenly home, this world had been made precisely for this moment. In fact, humanity was made in his own image. Jesus did not have to squeeze himself into a world where he did not fit; he easily slid into the space reserved for him. That is why Jesus felt so comfortable in our world. Little surprised him. Of course, as a man, Jesus was experiencing everything differently than as God.

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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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