Saturday, 12 September 2015

My family, my identity: To which family do I belong?

This is the theme that we have Chosen as Mapeera team members, in correspondence to this week’s readings, especially to this Sunday’s readings. It is simply suggested as an object of our reflection for this week. It is meant to help us refresh our memories and bring our families to our consciousness. Families here, I mean, our families back at home (for this purpose let’s call them individual families), our family here; Lavigerie House, and definitely Our PCJ family.

Lord, May your Joy and Peace reign in our families, now and always, Amen.

Just to come into grips with what we would mean by family is that: it is a basic societal unit; it is a school of life, where each one of us finds a sense of identity and a sense of belonging. It is precisely where we find our nourishment. It assumes primacy of influence in each one of us. To say that one belongs to family is to implicitly assert that he/she is a relational being; we are profoundly persons in a relationship wherever we are.  Our relations in our different rooms, teams, community, pastoral work, and in PCJ is about family.

As we reflect, let us remember this; a family may either fosters joy or sorrow, love or hatred, unity or disunity, patience or impatience, negativity or positivity, exclusion or inclusion… and there is also a possibility of all these aspects of life permeate our living, simply because of the complexity found in it, especially when it is a big one. A community like ours is typical of a large family.

In here, we have momentarily established ourselves in Lavigerie house; we have basically formed a family. We should, therefore, strive to make this family continue to be a place where each one of us is dully accepted as a member, where we positively influence one another, where we confide on each other, where we are not ruled by fear, hypocrisy, prejudice, and malice. A family centered on Jesus, whose cross is our identity.

Conclusively, an excerpt from Pope Francis’s Homily on the occasion of the family day 27th/10/2013:

"... True joy, he says, comes from a profound harmony between persons, something which we all feel in our hearts and which makes us experience the beauty of togetherness, of mutual support along life’s journey.  But the basis of this feeling of deep joy is the presence of God, the presence of God in the family and his love, which is welcoming, merciful, and respectful towards all.  And above all, a love which is patient: patience is a virtue of God and he teaches us how to cultivate it in family life, how to be patient, and lovingly so, with each other. To be patient among ourselves. A patient love.  God alone knows how to create harmony from differences.  But if God’s love is lacking, the family loses its harmony, self-centredness prevails and joy fades.  But the family which experiences the joy of faith communicates it naturally.  That family is the salt of the earth and the light of the world, it is the leaven of society as a whole."

Nicholas Iwuala, Mapeera Team

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

This Week Liturgical Theme: Doing Things Well

Brother Tobie Kizza

Evaristo, Collins and Yago at Tobie Kizza burial's site (Ibanda Parish)                            

As a saying goes that ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ, it indeed spoke to me. It was after I had taken a step to read about Bro. Tobie Kizza, who also happened to be the first Muganda brother of the society of the Missionaries of Africa not only that but also the Patron of Tobie Kizza Team here in our community Lavigerie.

Being born from the pagan background in 1872 in Burigi, this did not hinder him from achieving and discerning his call to discipleship. The man, who ate, worked, loved and lived with the famous martyrs (our fathers in faith) in the year 1886. Inspired by their lives, and their willingness to die for Christ, this gave Tobie more zeal and increased his commitment to Christ (rooted in Christ, we venture with hope). Despite the hard ships under the rule of the king, Tobie did not give up a thing the proved his high spirit of perseverance which we are all called to live.

A number of virtues he lived among which was humility, simple life style, obedience, a listening attitude, availability to help, and his 50 appointments showed how hardworking he was. It is not all a hear say, but those who witnessed have this to say. ‘He was a very popular Muganda with a soft and heartening voice, ready laughter and charming welcome. He was liked by all and that he was at all times spiritual and a fine man of God.’ 

Tobie’s life is a source of great inspiration and a learning moment for whoever reads about his life story; his different characters have changed many peoples’ lives. If it has transformed my life, WHY NOT YOURS TOO? A man of zeal so let us emulates him.   
                                      Compiled by Evaristo Rukundo