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Theme: God keeps promises

Today, wherever Christians gather for worship, they will hear Matthew’s exhortation to vigilance while Isaiah predicts the end of wars. For the most part, Isaiah’s vision has remained just a ‘dream’ that seems too idealized to be enacted yet the truth is that it is we controversial human beings who seem unwilling to bring this vision to life. So many times we listen but do not follow the demands this vision entails. Era of peace is absolutely crucial to the survival of humankind, to religious faith, to a civilized sense of the human. Isaiah, along with Paul and Matthew, has set the tone for this Advent season reminding us that waiting for Jesus’ return requires more than sentimental expectation. We cannot simply hope for justice; we are to take those actions that will establish justice.

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Theme: Jesus is a king of my heart

Each year as we come to the end of our Liturgical Year, the Church invites us to celebrate this great feast of Christ the King at the end of our yearly cycle of feasts and festivals that have manifested different events in the life of Jesus, Mary, and the other Saints. We are reminded that Jesus Christ is Lord and King. This Feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 to deter growing secularism and atheism of that generation. The Feast declares that Christ is king and thus sovereign over all persons, families, nations and the whole universe.

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Theme: The future is embraced in the present

After a stint of several years in Africa, a European missionary went on home visit and returned after a few weeks with a fine set of colorful posters that he used to illustrate his sermons. As he had hoped, the pictures proved to be a great success. Each Sunday after the liturgy, many in the congregation would linger around the posters and discuss what they had learned. One day, near the end of the liturgical year, the missionary chose to preach on the end times and the consequences, both good and bad, that would coincide with Jesus’ return as judge and Savior of all. Before the celebration of word and bread, he set up the appropriate poster at the door of the Church and then went to prepare for Mass.

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Theme: Our Father is God of eternal life

One of the saddest of all human experiences is the death of a child. Whether that child is four or forty years, the grief of the parent who suffers such a loss is spiritually and psychologically staggering to the extent that mourning may continue for years. As difficult as such a death is; even more unbearable is the death of a child or other loved one among family and friends who are not sustained by any belief in an afterlife. Once I was present at the funeral of such a child; a young boy in our rural area. He was an only child who was hit by the only car in the entire village. His family’s grief was too much to the point beyond consolation.

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Theme: God waits patiently for sinners to repent

Here is a story that complements that of Zacchaeus in today’s Gospel. A lawyer with a well-earned reputation for arrogance and ruthlessness was married and he had one daughter. But this lawyer’s workaholic lifestyle left little time for his family and he further jeopardized his home life by doing whatever came to his mind. One evening, this lawyer walked into a Mall where a robbery was in progress. He was shot twice and critically wounded. When he regained consciousness, he had amnesia and was paralyzed. Slowly and with great effort, the lawyer was rehabilitated, not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually. As he gained a sense of himself, he became aware of the damage he had caused to his family, his clients and himself.

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Theme: What is your perspective of life?

Christians often ask why God does not speak to them, as he is believed to have done in former days. When I hear such questions, it always makes me think of the people of the Israelites who often asked how it could be that God often showed himself to people in the olden days while nowadays nobody ever sees him. The answer is simple and here it is, ‘Nowadays there is no longer anybody who can bow low enough’. We need to keep in mind that the human psyche is by nature religious and to explore this idea in depth we have to put our finger on the prayer-pulse of human beings much in the same way that the Jesus does today in his parable of two men at prayer. One man approached God humbly. Aware of no one else except God, he prayed simply, quietly. So clear was his perception of the all-holy and wholly other God that his own sinfulness was revealed, and in the clarity of that moment he prayed for mercy. As always, when the sacred texts are read, we have to make choices. Will I pray in truth before God like the tax collector or will I preen before God and others and come away empty from the encounter?

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Theme: Stand in prayer and the Lord will bless you

We are what we think. A glance at today’s scripture, both Moses and the widow provide us with vivid illustrations of the quality of prayer which believers are to cultivate. From Second Timothy, there is another theme at work: ‘all Scripture is inspired of God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, correction and training in holiness’. In the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, Vatican II agreed that the books of Scripture are inspired and normative in that they teach firmly, faithfully and without error that truth which God communicated through the Sacred Word for the sake of our salvation.

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Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which the Church is celebrating, casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016: it invites us to consider the missio ad gentes as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material. On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to "go out" as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family. By virtue of the missionary mandate, the Church cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s love. She “is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel” (Misericordiae Vultus, 12) and to proclaim mercy in every corner of the world, reaching every person, young or old.

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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.

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Theme: Have faith!

There comes a time in everyone’s life when one plays a game of cards against faith. It is the oldest of all games: You and Faith sit across the green table of Earth facing one another. The rule is that you go first. You sit and stare across the table at the backs of her cards. But you have a strong hand; you hold the uncertain cruelties of nature, the sinfulness of humankind, the sad facts of addiction, insanity and disease and the misery of the unemployed. As you play card after card, hoping to weaken and eventually breach her defenses, faith, nevertheless remains unperturbed. Faith holds in her hand certain cards you will never beat. She is a seasoned and skillful player. Be careful to keep your temper throughout the game, and remember that you play not for money but for love. While this may be an unusual way of speaking about faith, this description rings true in its insistence that faith can be our constant partner in life’s entire occurrences. We, for our part, are to be willing to accept her companionship, her guidance and her strength.

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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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