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THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME: YEAR C

“If your language is of shouting then better use sign language” – Lib MSO



First Reading 1 King 19:16b, 19-21

Second Reading Gal 5:1, 13-18

Gospel Luke 9:51-62



Supposing I asked you let us go. What would be your next words to utter? “Where to?”

Last Sunday Jesus was giving a foretaste of what is to happen to him, but before he releases his bomb shell, he had first to ask them, what do people say he is, and above all who they, themselves say about him.

Jesus takes the decision and sets out. Most of us would prefer to give reasons and all sorts of rotating around in the room wasting time, looking for nothing but simply causing delays. Think of a time when your husband, wife, dad, sister, brother is the one to drive you to church on Sunday, who is always the last to come out of the house, room. This Sunday give a thought about this person who is always delaying the rest. (late comers, dragging of feet, no commitments in life).

They behave like pagans, they prefer to attend feasts rather than cat…

SOME MEANS OF HEALTH

- You are unique through your inner self, God and others

- God invites you to face yourself and recognize your inner capacities and your fragmentation.

- Love and appreciate yourself even though you might be terribly wounded

- Your heart is never fully satisfied by being self absorption

- Reflect on experiences, listen to your silent steps of God, learn and desire to lead you to greater communication with God, and others.

- If you take one step towards God, he takes two steps towards you to heal you. He is compassion and love

- A surgeon can cut your body, but cannot order the wound to heal. Your readiness to cooperate with medicines accelerates the healing process

WHAT NEEDS HEALING?

· Childhood: - stressful pregnancy, painful experiences of childhood, trauma, physical and verbal abuse, violence, neglect, these wounds need healing.

· Broken heart: - love life disrupted, dreams and hopes shuttered, love betrayed, yo…

TWELFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME: YEAR C

First Reading zach 12:10-11

Second Reading Gal 3:26-29

Luke 9:18-24



“PREJUDICE IS THE CHILD OF IGNORANCE” – Dennis Diderot



This Sunday comes as a reminder of that longing for a liberator, freedom fighter to rescue us from this whole menace of constitutional crisis. Like the Jews who found themselves under the political domination of the Romans and anxiously waiting for the messiah to free them. This is how they prayed “Lord, send the son of David to reign over Israel. Give him power and strength to overcome the powerful and unjust dominators and to free Jerusalem from the pagans. May he wipe out all evil pagans with a word of his mouth; may the pagans be crushed at his sight”. This might be somebody’s prayer somewhere, somehow. With what is happening around us, we have this whole life experience put to the test before August 4th 2010 (the referendum).

Verses 18-19 of the Gospel of Luke starts by showing Jesus in prayer. Jesus before doing anything, he had to pray first. The question Jesus…

DISCERNING THE TRUTH

Many of us today tend to be intimidated by any kind of knowledge that makes scientific claims like Steadman. Synovate etc. Who dares argue with science? Who dares argue with an expert? Very few and those who do are easily dismissed as backward or ignorant.

And so inside of our lives, objectified expertise generally trumps moral insight or worse still, is simplistically identified with it. Truth is truth, science has truth, and science trumps our moral concerns (which can be made to appear parochial and fear-based in the face of scientific claims). This is the idea is prevalent that we should listen to the scientific experts when it comes to discerning the truth.

But is it really that simple? And who really are the experts? What makes one an expert? A post graduate degree? Being a mother who’s raising her family well? Being a respected teacher? Living a good life? Being steady and faithful? There are various kinds of experts.

Moreover there are also issues of personal integrity and how th…

ELEVENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

FIRST READING (2 Sam 12:7-10, 13)

SECOND READING (Gal 2:16, 19-21)

GOSPEL (Luke 7:36-8:3)

Quarrels and bitterness are never pleasant things to see or watch, especially those that break out during meal times in the family. When People come together, they are united to pass time in joyous company, not to take part in stormy discussions and altercations, or listen to insults and see people coming to blows.

Among the Jews, whenever they had a celebration their invitations were done quite carefully, that they don’t invite rough, rude, and disturbing visitors. Have you ever thought of why you are often invited to a celebration? It’s because you are good mannered, not quarrelsome, you know the culture and what people expect from you.

In the gospel of Luke, Jesus is sitting at the table taking his meal. He enters everybody’s house without distinction and accepts invitations from poor and rich alike, from the healthy or the sick, without bothering about the rigorous rules on purity laid down by spi…

CORPUS CHRISTI – BODY OF CHRIST – MWILI WA KRISTU

“Oh holy Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of his passion is received, the memory of his passion is renewed, the soul is fulfilled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given us”

In your parish bulletin there is going to be this leaflet with a big title “Solemnity if Corpus Christi” some of you may be wondering what it is all about. It’s very simple: Today we are solemnizing the feast of the Most Holy Body of Christ”

Two months ago on Holy Thursday we remembered the institution of the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist. But because of the rather sad atmosphere of the passion and Death of Our Lord which clouds Holy Week, the rejoicing and external manifestation of our faith in the Eucharist was suppressed. This is why to conclude the mystery feast of this season, the Church instituted this feast. Many parish communities will make processions in honour of Christ present in the forms of Bread and Wine.

The treasures of the Eucharist are summed up in five points

a) Oh …

Impact of Western Sexual Revolution on Africans

3.4 Impact of Western Sexual Revolution on Africans



During and prior to colonialism, Africa like the traditional West treasured purity in matters of sexuality. For instance, in the Tonga culture of Southern Zambia there was a taboo surrounding the sight of a woman’s thighs. It was believed that a curse fell upon he who dared to look at a thigh of unsuspecting woman. While this taboo acted as a deterrent to sexual activity, people also had to be on the guide to ensure that they didn’t take a pre-meditated glance at a thigh of a woman. Sexual purity was maintained in the process.



By and large, sex in Africa was traditionally practiced in marriage. Child bearing out of wedlock was a taboo and disgrace to affected families. Everyone needed to belong to a complete family for that is what s/he was identified with. The once popular extended family in Africa was the core from which Africa traditional society drew its values.



While colonizing could have set a tone for the infiltration of the Wes…

FEAST OF HOLY TRINITY

1. Pentecost closes one set of feasts. Feasts which recall the sacred history, the history of salvation. We started it with advent, Christmas, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost. The stage in Pentecost crowns them. (The day when the Church was Born).

With the feast of the Holy Trinity we begin a new set of feasts. The feasts which commemorate mysteries, Faith feasts, centered around the main, basic tenets of our religion. The first of these is the mystery of the Blessed Trinity.

2. The feast of the Holy Trinity is one of thanksgiving. We are thanking God for the blessing of Christmas and Easter. We are summing up the wonder we commemorated and in our little way re-lived at Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost.

The three persons of the Blessed Trinity participate and share in all these sacred events. The Father sent his son. St. Paul simply says: “God so loved the world as to give His only-begotten Son”. It’s the Father who called us to the Fait…

PARADOX OF LIFE

1. TODAY WE HAVE BIGGER HOUSES YET SMALLER FAMILIES MORE COVENIENCE, BUT LESS TIME.

2. WE HAVE MORE DEGREES, BUT LESS COMMON SENSE, MORE KNOWLEDGE, BUT LESS JUDGEMENT.

3. WE HAVE MORE EXPERTS, BUT MORE PROBLEMS, MORE MEDICINE, BUT LESS GOOD HEALTH.

4. WE SPEND TOO RECKLESSLY, LAUGH TOO LITTLE, DRIVE TOO FAST, GET TOO ANGRY TOO QUICKLY, STAY UP TOO LATE, READ TOO LITTLE, WATCH TV TOO MUCH AND LESS CONSIDERATION TOO OFTEN.

5. WE HAVE MULTIPLIED OUR POSSESSIONS, BUT HAVE REDUCED OUR VALUES. WE TALK TOO MUCH, LOVE TOO LITTLE AND LIE TOO OFTEN.

6. WE HAVE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE A LIVING, BUT NOT A LIFE. WE HAVE ADDED YEARS TO LIFE, BUT NOT LIFE TO YEARS.

7. WE HAVE TALLER BUILDINGS, BUT SHORTER TEMPERS, WIDE ROADS, BUT NARROW VIEW POINT.

8. WE SPEND MORE, BUT HAVE LESS. WE BUY MORE, YET ENJOY IT LESS.

9. WE HAVE BEEN ALL THE WAY TO THE MOON AND BACK BUT HAVE TROUBLE CROSSING THE ROAD TO MEET OUR NEIGHBOUR.

10. WE HAVE CONQUERED OUR OUTER SPACE, B…