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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
It is again new year. The old has come to an end. God is renewing His yes to us as individuals but also as a parish community. He is giving us a new opportunity to see Him at work in our lives. It is in His presence that we live and move. Let us embrace this new year with joy.
Dear brothers and sisters!
It is again Christmas. The four weeks of Advent have been an opportunity to prepare ourselves more consciously for the greatest birthday of all human history. This is because the one whose birthday we celebrate is fully divine and fully human. In fact, this invites us to contemplate what we celebrate at Chrsitmas: namely, the incarnation (becoming human) of Christ. God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son into the world, not to judge but to save the world (see John 3,16).
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! In the three days (Easter Triduum) in which we celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, Mother Church offers us a possibility to live these mysteries of our salvation not as spectators or as mere fans of a celebrity, but as real participators. Jesus Christ attracted huge crowds during his ministry on earth. We ought to be aware that He was not interested in fans and cheerers, but in disciples. He repeatedly called his disciples to follow him (see Mt 4:9; Mk 1:17; Lk 5:27; John 1:43).
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8:19)
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Each year, through Mother Church, God “gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed… as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ” (Preface of Lent I). We can thus journey from Easter to Easter towards the fulfilment of the salvation we have already received as a result of Christ’s paschal mystery – “for in hope we were saved” (Rom 8:24). This mystery of salvation, already at work in us during our earthly lives, is a dynamic process that also embraces history and all of creation. As Saint Paul says, “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8:19). In this perspective, I would like to offer a few reflections to accompany our journey of conversion this coming Lent.
“Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24: 12)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in His providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.
As a member of Our Lady of Africa Mbuya Church community, what comes to mind when you hear the name Reach Out Mbuya (ROM)?
That is the question we asked key stakeholders at the Reach Out strategy retreat. The answers were varied, underscoring the need for deeper engagement with all concerned on a continuous basis. As a member of the Mbuya community, you are one of our stakeholders: What comes to mind when you hear the name Reach Out? What changes would you like to see at Reach Out?
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