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Theme: Through the Cross, we have been saved

Consider the Cross. Had you been pressed into suggesting a symbol of the salvation proposed for all of humankind through the death and rising of Jesus, would you have put the Cross on the short list? Perhaps a dove flying upward in a blue sky, perhaps hands wide open to embrace, perhaps an artillery ready to shot,  but a Cross !!!??    No way. Every year during this sacred week, the Church invites us to consider once again, the meaning of the Cross. With each passing year we are invited to bring to consideration, understanding and acceptance the mystery of the Cross. Found in both pre-Christian and non-Christian cultures where it has a cosmic and natural significance, the two crossed lines of unequal length symbolize the four dimensions of the universe. In both primitive and advanced civilizations and in places as widespread as India and Peru, the cross was regarded as a sign of power, and regeneration. These natural, cosmic significations of the cross are not abrogated but rather deepened and purified by the development of Christian symbolism.

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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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The penitential season of Lent is the period of forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday.  It is a season of the Church year which commemorates the forty days Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness before he began his public ministry of preaching for repentance.  Six Sundays are within the season, the last, Passion Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Holy Thursday begins the Triduum “three days” before Easter day, which includes Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016).

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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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Sunday Masses

Luganda: 7:30 am.  English: 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 5;00 pm.

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About Our Church

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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