he gospel of Mathew 5:13-16, brings to light our mission on earth: “You are the salt of the earth, the light of the world.” This metaphorical
reference to salt is loaded with lots of interpretations. For one, besides
adding to taste, salt is sustaining. We therefore ought to be like salt, one that
is sustaining and one that can illumine the lives of others. That is our mission; to hold on our commonality with the rest of humanity, knowing that we are in the same boat and on the same journey, and we ought to journey together. However, we may have often failed to explain our mission for humanity. Like St. Daniel Comboni, we might need to reflect, meditate and pray over it before it comes to fruition. Many have done
so, Comboni did coming up with an ultimate new “plan for the regeneration
of Africa. For St. Daniel Comboni, whose life we commemorate this month, there was need to Save Africa by Africans. He emphasized that; ‘The evangelization of Africa must be the work of the whole Church, involving the collaboration of all the missionary institutes…’ Contextually, as the country prepares to celebrate 59 years of independence on 9th October, Bishop Emeritus of Lira, Joseph Franzelli, MCCJ is asking of us to
regenerate our lives and communities. He asks of us the need to rebuild our
working together, in collaboration and dialogue, as a family, for the good of
all Ugandans, without discrimination and exclusion. He further calls upon us to exhibit the courage to learn and the courage to change, as we gear towards integral development and freedom of all, dressed in love for God and our country.
When complaining about the past and present situation, Bishop Joseph
Franzelli cautions us to first ask ourselves: “How are we doing?” Thus,
as we celebrate the achievements, we also need to be cautious of the missing threads that need to be interwoven to make Uganda a better home.
One thing that can aid us on this journey is the Synod on synodality, (2021-23), which Fr. Anthony Kimbowa Kibira MCCJ in this issue prepares us for. Dedicated to the theme; “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission,“ “…the purpose of this Synod is not to produce more documents. Rather, it is intended to inspire people to dream about the Church we are called to be, to make people’s hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts, and restore strength to our hands for our common mission.“ (Preparatory Document, 32). This is our mission as the people of God, to recognise that we are alone together, journeying as a common people to achieve God’s mission. As we celebrate the stride we have made as a country, we ought to reflect on these questions among others: ‘Where is the independence of the victims of poverty, domestic violence, alcoholism, land wrangles? Where is the freedom of those who do not have access to education, health care, equal job opportunities?’ We therefore need to overcome these negative tendencies to make our country a safe haven for all. This should be our prayer as the Church, to have a greater dependence on God for the glory of all. For God and Our Country!
Oct 06, 2021 0Bishop Emeritus Rt Rev Egidio Nkaijanabwo, was the first...
Oct 06, 2021 0BY FR. ANTHONY K. KIBIRA MCCJ Pope Francis, through the convocation of the Synod on Synodality (2021-23), is inviting the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission. As Chruch, we have...
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Jun 11, 2021 0Pope Francis said that the two-year process leading to the 2023 synod onsynodality is not about “gathering opinions,” but “listening to the Holy Spirit.” Addressing Catholics from the Diocese of Rome on Sept....