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Theme: Wealth, an opportunity for justice

What is the meaning of running after wealth for the majority of people in the world today? We may assume that people’s reasons for seeking wealth are universal, yet it turns out that there are some regional variations regarding wealth and the freedom it enables. Some of the wealthy people concur that their monetary status allows them to buy the best products and that wealth is a deserved reward for hard work. With wealth, some are able to earn respect, to be charitable, to be happy and to walk on the road to success. With these findings in mind, we turn to the ancient Near Eastern world, the home of Amos, Jesus and St Paul in his 1st letter to Timothy. In that world, where wealth was defined in terms of fine clothing, property and gold or silver, there was a sharp divide between rich and poor. While the rich were seen as being blessed with the reward of wealth for their uprightness, the poor were thought to be deserving of their lot.

Too often, the rich and even the not-so-rich are too attentive to their possessions to hear, to care and to act. Therefore, it is good for us to be here once again in the company of the sacred texts, whose living words will ask of us, “Will you be stewards of your own wealth, or stewards of one another? Will wealth be the source of blessing for both givers and receivers, or will wealth and our use of this world’s possessions deafen us to the needs of others? If our wealth is our greatest treasure here and now, it may also be our deepest regret for all of eternity. These words may appear harsh, but they are not unique.

 

Amos 8:4-7; Ps.112; 1Tim.2:1-8; Lk.16:1-13.

Anyone who is trustworthy in little things is trustworthy in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great – Lk.16:10. The liturgy of today upholds trustworthiness as opposed to the vice of dishonesty. Realities in the world can compromise a person’s worth and so trample down what is truly valuable and personal; yet these material things are little, temporal, optional, and tainted. Heavenly virtues are genuine, truly ours, and lead us to eternity – 1Thess.4:9–12.

Theme: Who Can Be Forgiven?

Is there forgiveness for Adolf Hitler, who led the Nazi regime in the systematic extermination of millions of innocent people? Is there forgiveness for the butchering that took place between the Tutsi and the Hutu in Rwanda a few years ago? Is there forgiveness for those who operated the killing fields of Luwero in Uganda, where regime after regime piled the thousands of bodies of those suspected of being his enemies? Is there any chance of forgiving Saddam Hussein, who ordered the torture and slaughter of untold numbers of men, women and children? Is there forgiveness for those who looked away and did nothing to help all the victims of injustice, violence and hatred?

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.

Theme: Contract or Covenant?”

When he hosted high-ranking guests, former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was fond of taking them on evening walks on the grounds of the White House.

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Theme: God, bless us with wisdom

Has it ever happened to you to imagine that one day you could find yourself the President, Prime minister, Inspector General of Police, a millionaire for a while; .... what would you do? What if you won the lottery; how would you spend it? Obviously, the answers to these ‘What if?’ queries would vary, depending upon the respondent’s age, background, circumstances in life and preferences. Young children, for example, may wish to meet Superman, but those mature in the business of living would probably reflect that maturity in their answers rooted in and shaped by the values a person holds.

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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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