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Theme: The Cross is our joy

During the liturgical season of Lent now past, the Church called its members to tend to the reality of sin in their lives and to renew themselves in the daily process of conversion to Christ. During the Holy Triduum, we have all been invited to join our struggles and sufferings to the passion and death of Jesus and to find therein the forgiveness and healing he promised. Now that Lent and its emphasis on the Cross has yielded to the blessed new life and hope of Easter, we are challenged to make manifest the fruit of our Lenten efforts. If indeed, we have been converted to the good news, if we have truly ‘turned over a new page’, then it is time to let our life show the difference. The Church puts before us readings from the Holy Bible which help us to understand the implication of Jesus’ resurrection and the challenge of living an Easter faith.

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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.

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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.

Apr 13, 2017

Easter Sunday

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Theme: It is the good news today

We have journeyed with Jesus Christ since Ash Wednesday, climax on Palm Sunday, setting stage for action on Holy Thursday, the challenge of Good Friday and the JOY of Easter Sunday.

What could be your version of the good news of Jesus of Nazareth? Biblical history narrates to us that after the crucifixion of Jesus on Calvary and his hasty burial, members of the Sanhedrin received shocking news informing them that the itinerant teacher and healer was alive after his followers confirmed that his tomb had been found empty. Others people were spreading the news that they had experienced his risen presence. At that, the Jewish official moaned softly and sighed almost inaudibly. And so indeed it was; the resurrection of Jesus marked the beginning of a new way of life centered in Christ Jesus, who died but now lives forever.

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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.

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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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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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