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Mary 2016

Theme: Mary our Mother Most Admirable

This Sunday helps us pause a while to celebrate a woman who stands out as a model of discipleship for every believer. In order to truly appreciate the role and the person of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we contemporary Christians need no other source than the Christian scriptures. The evangelist Luke, in particular, presents Mary in a manner that encourages us to sidestep the maudlin sentimentality that has accrued to her through the ages. In Luke and Acts, believers encounter a woman who is simultaneously a mother and mentor. Mary is mother not only in the sense that she agreed to give birth to Jesus, through whom God has become incarnate in human existence. Mary is also mother in that she welcomed the living Word of God into her life and allowed herself to be inspired and directed by that Word in all she said and did. Even before she fully understood the consequence of the word God spoke to her and perhaps more significantly; even when she did comprehend the impact God’s word would have in her life and in the lives of those she loved; she agreed to mother the Word, to ponder it, as Luke tells us and to bring it to birth in her words and deeds cf. Luke 2:19, 51. For both of these mothering roles, Mary is blessed. “Blessed is the womb that carried you … blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it” Luke 11:27, 28.

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Theme: Keep moving

It is a common belief that a person consists of his faith, although religion which is cause of faith is so common the fact remains that faith is a rare commodity. Faith is the in-between space where you are not sure you will make it to second level. You have to let go of one thing, even if you haven’t yet latched on to the other.

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Theme: Vanity of human happiness

In most cases financial difficulty can cause moral conflicts. On the other side, though money may be the husk of many things, but is not the most essential belonging. Money brings you food but not appetite; medicine but not health; acquaintances but not friends; servants but not faithfulness; days of joy but not peace and happiness. In fact one’s life does not consist of possessions. Qoheleth had grown weary of the futility of a life spent accumulating more things. He asked: In the end, what does it all amount to? His commentary on the human condition remains timeless in a world that continues to listen for the cash register as if it is a lovely symphony.

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Theme: Thy will be done

Why do we pray? This question, asked by believers and nonbelievers throughout the centuries, speaks to one of our most essential human needs. Some argue that if God is omniscient He already knows all our desires; so why speak them in prayer? God also knows every human suffering and is aware of every act of violence, injustice, war and hatred, so why do we petition Him to help the tragedies of the human condition? God knows the future; therefore, what purpose do we serve by praying about what lies ahead? God certainly doesn’t need our praise, gratitude or repentance, so what good are such prayers? By the same token, why gather for liturgy? How is God served by our coming together? Some of our liturgies are more like performances than prayer, while others are devoid of passion and purity of heart. Amos even suggested that God was perturbed by what believers put forth as liturgy: “I hate, I spurn your feasts; I take no pleasure in your solemnities, away with your noisy songs” Amos 5:21-23.

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Theme: Hospitality

You may often hear people saying, ‘let’s do lunch’ ‘don’t be a stranger in my house!’ ‘Come over for supper sometime soon!’ While we may have the best intentions, these casual interchanges often remain unrealized. Our lives are busy and socializing has become yet another activity to be squeezed into our already overscheduled calendars. Of course we like to gather and celebrate together; we are eager to reciprocate with an invitation to those who have hosted us in their homes. But how many of us offer hospitality to complete strangers as Abraham did? And how many of us feel burdened by what we perceive as an obligation as Martha did? How many of us are truly aware that our salvation hinges on hospitality? Unfortunately, some among us have come to think of the art of hospitality as an option that we can choose when it is feasible, but not as a necessary function of our spiritual, social and economic survival.

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Theme: Wounded Healers

Here is a story that opens our reflection. Once upon a time a poor villager came to town to earn money for dowry. He made money, made his purchases and was returning home at nightfall with his donkey and wagon heavily laden. Suddenly, his wagon fell into a swampy pit created by the spring rains. A wealthy shrewd businessman passing by heard his cries, and he and his servant worked together to rescue the villager and his belongings. Then he roped the poor man’s belongings to his carriage and took him to his home. When the shrewd businessman saw the abject poverty in which the man and his family lived, he gave them a large sum of money and went on his way. Years later, when the shrewd businessman man died and was brought before the heavenly tribunal, he was reminded that some of his business dealings had been so shady that he would be sentenced to eternal punishment. Then an angel of mercy appeared with the heavenly scales to determine whether the good deeds of the rich man outweighed his sins. The angel placed on the side good deeds the poor villager and his family, whom the rich man had saved from misery.

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Theme: Mission!

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world: ‘an idea whose time has come’. Jesus came among us with such an idea. It can be distilled into seven short words: “the kingdom of God is at hand” Mark 1:15. In all his words and through all his works, Jesus clearly communicated this idea to any who would listen, telling them about God’s care and concern for every human hurt and need. In order to spread his message to as many as possible, Jesus developed a method of preaching and style of mission that reached out to the needy wherever they were. His was an effort characterized by mobility and those who followed him were also to forego the security and comfort of home. They went forth rooted only in the word that he preached, which they had allowed to find a home in their hearts. It is significant that Jesus did not delay the mission of the first disciples until their formation was complete. On the contrary, their mission was an integral part of the process through which they would grow into their vocation. The experience of those first disciples calls out to us as we strive to follow Jesus as they did. ‘Ours is an idea whose time has come, we are called to be on our way.

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Discipleship is a costly commitment. It requires disciples to put Christ and the Gospel first, even before family, friends and the security of a place to call home. Discipleship is not a part-time job. Nor do a few hours of weekly volunteer work substitute for what should be an entire way of life, one that is so profoundly impacted by the person and mission of Jesus that he is reflected in every thought, word and deed of the believer. If we were willing to learn the meaning of real discipleship and actually to become disciples, the Church around us would be transformed and the impact on society would vivid.

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Theme: Who is Jesus?

At the heart of this liturgy and at the heart of each one of us is the question asked today by Jesus: ‘Who do you say that I am’? We are well aware of Peter’s response: ‘the Christ of God’. We are also aware that the full implications of his response would only become clear to Peter and the others as they looked back on this moment with eyes enlightened by Easter faith. We know, too, that we speak our own responses to this same question not only with our lips that say the words but also with the lives we live, which show the world who Jesus is for us. In addition to this very important question, there is another life-altering question deserving of our serious consideration: ‘Do you think Jesus is dead or alive’? When someone we once knew is dead, we do not hear directly from them again. We may hear about them from others who knew them, but the information is only an echo of the past and not a new word in the present.

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Theme: Restoring us to life

A question that I have often used to guide a person in considering their own purpose in life is: For what reason do you take up space on this earth, consume its resources, breathe its air and do so for all the years of your life?  In answering that question, we find ourselves drawn to God’s purpose for creating us in the first place. We see several statements in scripture that provide guidance in answering this very complex and profound question. 

Consider “Every one who is named as mine, whom I created for my glory, I have formed and made” Isaiah 43:7. God created mankind for His own glory, for His own purpose. Most people go through life without any concept that this is fully God’s intent for every individual whom He created.  People tend to live lives that are fully intended to fulfill entirely their own desires, striving to get all that is possible out of this life for their own benefit, only to find that the gathering of the things of this world do not satisfy that deep and basic need for purpose. 

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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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