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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: 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: 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: 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.

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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.

Theme: Unity in diversity through the Holy Spirit

Before departing from his disciples, Jesus promised that the Father would send them the Holy Spirit to teach them and remind them of all that Jesus had told them. After Jesus’ resurrection, he breathed this Spirit upon them and soon it became clear that discerning the truth which the Spirit taught would be a challenging process for the nascent Jesus movement. Acts gives us glimpses into this process of discernment and invites us to appreciate the value of diverse voices, even dissenting voices in the ongoing conversation that keeps a community viable.

PICTheme: What matters is true love

One day, as the late Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity were tending to the poorest of the poor on the streets of Calcutta; they happened across a man lying in the gutter very near death. He was filthy, dressed in little more than a rag and flies swarmed around his body. Immediately, Mother Teresa embraced him, spoke to him softly and began to pick out the maggots that were nesting in his flesh. A passerby was repulsed by the sight of the man and exclaimed to Mother Teresa, ‘I wouldn’t do that for a million pounds.’ Her response was immediate, ‘Neither would I!’ Obviously, monetary gain did not motivate the diminutive woman known as the Saint of Calcutta; love did. In her writings, Mother Teresa frequently affirmed the motivating power of love. Quoting Jesus in today’s gospel, she wrote, “Jesus said, love one another.

Theme: Choosing right voice

If you tend to skip ahead in a book to see what’s coming up, you might already have glanced at next Sunday’s Gospel. In it, Jesus affirms that he is the Good Shepherd of all sinners. He knows us. He also assures us that we can hear his voice, and when we hear it, we recognize and follow him. This look ahead provides a foothold from which we can enter into the sacred texts for today. Each text reminds us that we are bombarded every day by a cacophony of voices. Some speak the truth and offer enlightenment. Others, although they may have good intentions, speak only partial truths. Because these many voices are often forceful and alluring, we need to listen carefully, pray intently and discern wisely which ones we will heed.

Theme: I believe

Divine mercy is forever ready

In a world almost suffocated by materialism and indifference; we need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy which alone is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy is the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Today more than ever we are called to gaze more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of God’s action in our lives. The Sunday of Divine Mercy during the special year dedicated to this precious act of joy and forgiveness we have a special time to witness and to grow stronger in faith.

Theme: Death has been defeated

This is a great night, what does it communicate to you?

When God made us he drew us from the depths of the immense ocean of his love. He set us on this earthly shore and invited us, by means of a deeply embedded desire for him, to freely return to him in love. From the very beginning our existence therefore, our deepest essence, was ordered to a relationship with God. Every tribe and nation from the very commencement of human history has somehow lived this truth and expressed it culturally as religious seeking. God created us and established us in an inescapable relationship with him; inescapable because it is part of our very constitution, like our need for oxygen and water, sunlight and food.

Theme: A new perspective

Several years ago, the Italian film maker, Franco Zeffirelli offered the public his cinematic version of the good news of Jesus of Nazareth. In the film, after the crucifixion of Jesus on Calvary and his hasty burial, a member of the Sanhedrin was informed that certain followers of the itinerant teacher and healer were claiming that his tomb had been found empty. Others were spreading the news that they had experienced his risen presence. At that, the Jewish official moaned softly and sighed almost inaudibly, ‘. . . and so it begins’ and so indeed, the resurrection of Jesus marked the beginning of a new way of life centered in Christ Jesus, who died but now lives forever. By virtue of Jesus’ victory over sin and death, we are offered a new perspective. Jesus’ Cross and Resurrection changed forever the way we look at death; it changed the way we look at life, at this world and at one another.

Theme: Do this in memory of me

My brothers and sisters in Christ, in order to prepare ourselves to commemorate the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Day, today, we are celebrating Holy Thursday. This Feast solemnly commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist. During the history of the Holy Catholic Church, this special Feast has been associated with the reconciliation of penitents, the consecration of the holy oils, the washing of the feet, the commemoration of the Blessed Eucharist and Institution of Ministerial Priesthood. Holy Thursday is the night on which our Lord Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples. What went through their mind on that night, we will never know. We can only imagine. What we do know is that Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart from the world and to go to the Father.

Today is the day when despair and hope meet to decide the fate of humanity. Today we are invited to make a choice and take a stand to stay with or to move away from Jesus. The usual homilies have less to clarify since the way of the Cross is enough. I pick seven words that may provoke us to retrace where our hope has disappeared so that we may return on the right truck.

The First Word: Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do!  In these words we were all included; the indifferent, those who slapped his face, the Chief Priests hidden by the cruel Centurion’s chariot, the fearful apostles and crowds. But in the distance there is an incredible ultimate grace. We all hung the innocent instead of discerning out the Judas Iscariot who is forever our companion.

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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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