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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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Theme: Your sins are forgiven

Most of the time when people are arrested red handed in crime, after remand, when brought before the judge; the usual sentence pronounced is ‘not guilty’. This is the initial response given often by political and public personalities accused of crime. The web that is created by lies heaped upon lies, no matter how convincingly they are told, usually unravels at some point. Even then, however, some continue to cling to the fiction of innocence. What is lacking in each of these minds of wrongdoing is a humble integrity that leads sinners to own their actions and decisions and admit their guilt. British historian and politician Thomas McCauley once described integrity as the measure of a good person who does the right thing, even when no one would know whether you did it or not. People with integrity are those whose words match their deeds and whose behaviors mirror their values. Their honesty and ethics can be trusted. They honor commitments; they are known for doing the right things for the right reasons, at the right times. While numerous instances of integrity take place in public settings, the most powerful acts are often performed in those quiet moments when no one else is looking.

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Theme: Give them food

Since the Word of God is living, there are always a variety of ways to enter into the text. Once inside the mystery, if we are open-minded believers we get challenged to listen, to ponder and to allow the transformative power of God’s goodness to lead us towards conversion and growth. Because the word of God lives, it also has a portable quality; we are encouraged to carry it with us into our lives then it can transform us to be true, just and holy. In our travel together, the Word continually challenges our commitment our faith and our generosity. Today, this challenge can be summed up in a few words directed by Jesus “Give them some food yourselves” Luke 9:13.  To put it in a straight way, those who have been fed with God’s gracious gifts are thereby expected to attend to the needs and hungers of others. When God called the Israelites out of Egypt, He saw to their needs and fed them with manna, quail and water from the rock. Fed by God, the Israelites were then to feed and care for the needy among them. This created a pattern of care and hospitality upon which their very survival depended. This is what is expected of us even today.

Theme: Come Holy Spirit

Today, as Church, we celebrate all of us who have survived together as a community in this world. Despite the challenges, failures and tests of endurance that living in this world as Jesus’ disciples may present; the Church survives and even thrives! Unlike the survivors of televised notoriety who go it alone, we know that the endurance, perseverance and continued survival of the Church is due to the Holy Spirit who does not permit the Church to be relegated to distant memory or closed away in history’s book. The Holy Spirit instead empowers the Church to be pertinent, relevant and ever attentive to the changing circumstances that call forth its best efforts at service, at speaking truth and making known the good news.

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Theme: Heaven is the our destination

With the Ascension of Jesus; the Christ-event has come full circle. Jesus true God who became flesh and lived within the parameters of human existence has gone home to God in glory. It was not for his own sake that he did undertake the journey into the depths of human need, frailty and death, but for our sake. Ascension therefore is the universal event of salvation history that must recur in each believer through grace so that we can enter into heaven.

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A great musician who put his talents at the service of his Africa.  The world of music, and not only, weeps for the premature departure of Papa Wemba, African musical icon, defined as the “King of Congolese Rumba.”  The artist died last Sunday at 66 years of age, right while he was taking part in a cultural event in Ivory Coast.  Committed Christian, Papa Wemba transformed into music the message that Benedict XVI wanted to offer to Africa in the continental Synod.

Here is the interview with Fr. Federico Lombardi conducted by Fr. Jean Pierre Bodjoko:

Theme: Unity in diversity through the Holy Spirit

Before departing from his disciples, Jesus promised that the Father would send them the Holy Spirit to teach them and remind them of all that Jesus had told them. After Jesus’ resurrection, he breathed this Spirit upon them and soon it became clear that discerning the truth which the Spirit taught would be a challenging process for the nascent Jesus movement. Acts gives us glimpses into this process of discernment and invites us to appreciate the value of diverse voices, even dissenting voices in the ongoing conversation that keeps a community viable.

PICTheme: What matters is true love

One day, as the late Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity were tending to the poorest of the poor on the streets of Calcutta; they happened across a man lying in the gutter very near death. He was filthy, dressed in little more than a rag and flies swarmed around his body. Immediately, Mother Teresa embraced him, spoke to him softly and began to pick out the maggots that were nesting in his flesh. A passerby was repulsed by the sight of the man and exclaimed to Mother Teresa, ‘I wouldn’t do that for a million pounds.’ Her response was immediate, ‘Neither would I!’ Obviously, monetary gain did not motivate the diminutive woman known as the Saint of Calcutta; love did. In her writings, Mother Teresa frequently affirmed the motivating power of love. Quoting Jesus in today’s gospel, she wrote, “Jesus said, love one another.

The Church, Mother of Vocations

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is my great hope that, during the course of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, all the baptized may experience the joy of belonging to the Church and rediscover that the Christian vocation, just like every particular vocation, is born from within the People of God, and is a gift of divine mercy. The Church is the house of mercy, and it is the “soil” where vocations take root, mature and bear fruit.

For this reason, on the occasion of the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I invite all of you to reflect upon the apostolic community, and to give thanks for the role of the community in each person’s vocational journey. In the Bull of Indiction for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I recalled the words of the venerable Saint Bede, describing the call of Saint Matthew: “Miserando atque eligendo” (Misericordiae Vultus, 8). The Lord’s merciful action forgives our sins and opens us to the new life which takes shape in the call to discipleship and mission. Each vocation in the Church has its origin in the compassionate gaze of Jesus. Conversion and vocation are two sides of the same coin, and continually remain interconnected throughout the whole of the missionary disciple’s life.

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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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