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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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Theme: The significance of Law

Since time in memorial, the law and its practice has been variously assessed and appreciated throughout the course of human history. It is clear knowledge that the net of the law is spread so wide; to the extent that no one can hide from it. Its meshes are so fine and thin, yet they take in every one’s of wrong. The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep where they are not authorized, to hurt another person and to steal as common necessities as bread. It is mere common sense that the law, once promulgated, it has to be respected. But what is Law? Law is a discipline and a profession concerned with the customs, practices and rules of a community that are recognized as binding by that community.

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Theme: Taste and See!

Centuries before Jesus, an unnamed psalmist invited his community to “taste and see the goodness of the Lord” Psalm 34:9. Since its composition, Psalm 34 has been classified as a thanksgiving prayer by which any one with an intention to praise God found fitting expressions. Tasting and seeing refers to that knowledge which has been gained, not through any informative process, instead it is existential and experiential in nature and manner. Tasting and seeing comes from being the kind of person we are. When Jesus addressed his disciples as the salt of the earth and the light of the world, he thereby charged each of his followers to be the kind of person in whom others could taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

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Theme: Trusting in the Lord is our success

What memories do we have when we celebrate our Independence Day? History tells us that on 9th October 1962, Uganda declare her independence from the British rule. Independence means self-rule which determines a nation’s direction, goals and priorities. With the same mindset, the reading we have today invites us to consider a similar perspective whereby we acknowledge being free citizens of a new world depending solely on God.

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Theme: Those walking in darkness have seen a great light.

Apart from those who live in the polar regions of our planet, most of the peoples of this earth experience day and night on a daily basis. In addition to the routine occurrences of sunrise and sunset, there are other experiences of light and darkness which may lend themselves to a fuller understanding of today’s scripture readings. Eclipses of the sun and moon, misconstrued and feared by the people of old, sum up the experience of darkness and light into a few minutes. Before these phenomena were understood by scientists, eclipses were regarded as portents of evil, offering cosmic commentary regarding some earthly crisis; these days this is no longer the interpretation. Survivors of wars narrate the dreaded blackouts whereby every window was darkened or covered to prevent enemy from detecting a target for their attack.

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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? What kind of support can you give to Reach Out? In the next five years, where would you like to see Reach Out in terms of brand visibility, service offering and community engagement priority areas?

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Theme: Called, consecrated and commissioned

Recently, I was invited by friends to participate in the baptism of their newborn son. As I watched and listened, the celebrant asked the traditional questions of the baptismal rite. . . Who presents this child for baptism?. .What do you ask for your child?.. What name have you chosen for your child?...Naturally, the baby, only weeks old, was unresponsive to the questions, except for a little crying and gurgling, he was a rather passive participant at his own Baptism. His parents and God-parents responded to the celebrant’s questions for him and it appeared to be obvious to all present that these loving parents would continue to be responsive and responsible for their son until such time as he was capable of doing so for himself.

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Theme:  All nations have seen his salvation

In life never to be silent when human beings are enduring suffering and humiliation. There is so much to be done; there is so much that even one person can do. With the feast of Epiphany we are invited to be that one person who can do something, however small it may appear to dispel darkness that enshrouds others. In today’s first reading, Prophet Isaiah describes the chasing away of Israel’s night in terms of a great parade of nations coming to bask in the light of Jerusalem, made glorious and luminous by the salvific presence of God. In a similarly dramatic fashion, the Gospel of Matthew relates the story of the Magi traveling from the east, led by a star to pay homage to Jesus the light of the world. What Isaiah and Matthew envision on a grand scale, each of us is challenged to replicate on a smaller but efficient level.

Jan 6, 2017

Meaning of Epiphany

Written by Published in Faith

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The Epiphany of Our Lord is the Christian feast traditionally celebrated the 12th day after Christmas, January 6th.  The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphainen, a verb that means "to shine upon," "to manifest," or “to make known.” Thus, the feast of the Epiphany celebrates the many ways that Christ has made Himself known to the world, mainly the three events that manifested the mission and divinity of Christ:  the visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12), the baptism of Jesus (Mark 1:9-11), and the miracle at Cana (John 2:1-11). 

The visit of the Magi is emphasized on Epiphany Day, and Christ's baptism is celebrated the first Sunday that follows.

In the most dioceses especially in the United States this feast has been moved to the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.

In order to celebrate this feast of Manifestation more fully, we need to know more about the theology and significance of this great feast of Epiphany.

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On 3rd December, 2016, thousands of parishioners and well-wishers tuned up to the 6Km Charity Run to Stop HIV and Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children Affected by HIV/AIDS.

The run which was organized by Our Lady of Africa, Mbuya Parish with Reach Out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS Initiative w as aimed at raising fundswhich would go towards reintegrating 1,000 orphans and vulnerable children in school.

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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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