Readings: Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 117:2-4,13-15,22-24, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20, 19-30

Mercy and Love; the essence of God

"If you O Lord should mark our guilt, Lord who would survive? But with you is found mercy and for this we revere you", proclaims the Psalmist in Psalm 130:3. The nature of God is mercy or as Pope Francis says, “God’s name is love and his surname is mercy”. Today we are celebrating the Sunday of the mercy of God which he unreservedly shows to us poor, wretched sinners. The mercy of God goes beyond human imagination.

Read more: Divine Mercy Sunday (2nd Sunday of Easter, year A)

Readings: Acts 10:34.37-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-9

Christ lives, all fear is gone

On 23rd January 1999, Graham Stain, an Australian missionary who worked at a leprosy center in India was burnt to death with his two sons aged 10 and 6 by Hindu fundamentalists. He was accused of converting Hindus to Christianity. His wife and only daughter were left alone in a state of pain and tragedy of losing three people of their family in a single day roasted on the fire.

Read more: Easter Sunday, Year A

Readings: Ezekiel 37:12-4, Psalm 129, Romans 8:8-11, John 11:1-45

Christ the resurrection and the life

We are drawing close to the mysteries of the Holy Week. Today's readings talk about life, a life that sprouts out of death through the Holy Spirit. The prophet Ezekiel says "I shall put my spirit in you and you will live. (Ezekiel 37,12-14) and of course in the gospel scene, Jesus restores life to a dead Lazarus. God gives and restores life. Lazarus, Mary, and Martha were close friends of Jesus, they hosted him in their home several times.

Read more: Fifth Sunday of Lent, year A

Readings:  Mathew 21:1-11, Isaiah 50:4-7, Philippians 2:6-11, Mathew 26,14-27,66,

To Jerusalem, to calvary: the walk of love

Dear brothers and sisters, today we start the most important week the story of God’s love for us. It is the tangible sign of God’s love for us, it is an invitation to expose ourselves to the greatest lesson and teacher of love. With Palm Sunday, the time of Lent flows into the time of the Passion which changes our sentiments of the season from the more self-centered prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for our conversion to the example of God himself who offers his son for us. This Sunday leads us through the path taken by Jesus in the last phase of his life, in the last days of his existence before his death.

Read more: Palm Sunday, Year A

Readings: Exodus 17:3-7, Psalm 95:1-2.6-7.7-9, Romans 5:1-2.5-8, John 4:5-42

Lent: The tough search for living water

Today's readings point to a journey toward something new. The Israelites in the desert march towards the promised land and Jesus's dialogue with the Samaritan woman leads her to liberation from the isolation she lived in. Both represent a search for something essential and satisfying or quenching, that is; water.  Our journey of the season of lent is represented by this voyage of the Israelites in the desert and the search for living water by the Samaritan woman. They both manifest toughness and are rendered urgent by the desire to quench the thirst.

Read more: Third Sunday of Lent, Year A

Like us on Facebook (2)

Our Lady of Africa Church, Mbuya Hill | Kampala | P.O. Box 6562 | Uganda

Copyright © 2017 Our Lady of Africa Parish, Mbuya. All Rights Reserved.  A CSR project by Summit Consulting Limited - Improving your Condition