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54 day Rosary novena starting next week on Ash Wednesday. The first 27 days are for petition, the last 27 days for Thanksgiving so dont mix. The first day is always Joyful mysteries, followed by luminous, then sorrowful n glorious. Then we go back to joyful. Irrespective of the day of the we THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES OF THE HOLY ROSARY Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary. In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, snow white buds to remind thee of thy joys, each bud recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee, thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother! In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I gratefully kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses snow white buds to remind thee of thy joys each bud recalling to thee a holy mystery; each ten bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, Dispenser of God’s graces. and Mother of all who invoke thee! thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my thanksgiving; from thy bounty thou hast given me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly sought. I despaired not of what I asked of thee, and thou hast truly shown thyself my Mother. The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] The Annunciation – Sweet Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel appeared to thee with the tidings that thou wert to become the mother of God; greeting thee with the sublime salutation, “Hail, full of grace! the Lord is with thee!” and thou didst humbly submit thyself to the will of the Father, responding “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word!” I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow white buds with a petition for the virtue of humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Visitation – Sweet Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Visitation, when, upon thy visit to thy holy cousin, Elizabeth, she greeted thee with the prophetic utterance, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!” and thou didst answer with the canticle of canticles, the Magnificat. I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow white buds with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Nativity – Sweet Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Nativity of Our Lord, when the time being completed, thou didst bring forth, O Holy Virgin, the Redeemer of the world in a stable at Bethlehem; whereupon choirs of angels filled the heavens with their exultant song of praise, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of goodwill.” I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow white buds with a petition for the virtue of detachment from the world and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Presentation – Sweet Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Presentation, when, in obedience to the Law of Moses, thou didst present thy Child in the Temple, where the holy prophet Simeon, taking the Child in his arms, offered thanks to God for sparing him to look upon his Savior and foretold thy sufferings by the words: “Thy soul also a sword shall pierce . . .” I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow white buds with a petition for the virtue of purity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple – Sweet Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple, when, having sought Him for three days, sorrowing, thy heart gladdened upon finding Him in the Temple speaking to the doctors; and when, upon thy request. He obediently returned home with thee. I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of obedience to the will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. Spiritual Communion: My Jesus, really present in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar, since I cannot now receive Thee under the sacramental veil, I beseech Thee, with a heart full of love and longing, to come spiritualy into my soul through the Immaculate Heart of thy most holy Mother and abide with me forever. Thou in Me, And I in Thee, In Time and in Eternity, Mary. In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary … In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this Spiritual Communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow in thanksgiving for (specify request) which thou in thy love hast obtained for me. Hail, Mary, etc. Closing Prayers: O God, Whose Only Begotten Son, by His Life, death, and resurrection has purchased for us the reward of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. May the divine assistance remain always with us. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES OF THE HOLY ROSARY Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary. In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, blood red roses to remind thee of the passion of thy divine Son, with Whom thou didst so fully partake of its bitterness, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother! In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I gratefully kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses blood red roses to remind thee of the passion of thy divine Son, with Whom thou didst so fully partake of its bitterness each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery; each ten bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my thanksgiving; from thy bounty thou hast given me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly sought. I despaired not of what I asked of thee, and thou hast truly shown thyself my Mother. The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] The Agony in the Garden – O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Agony of Our Lord in the Garden, when, in the Grotto of the Garden of Olives, Jesus saw the sins of the world unfolded before Him by Satan who sought to dissuade Him from the sacrifice He was about to make; when, His soul shrinking from the sight, ad His precious blood flowing from every pore at the vision of the torture and death He was to undergo thy own sufferings, dear Mother, the future sufferings of His Church, and His own sufferings in the Blessed Sacrament, he cried in anguish,“Abba Father! If it be possible, let this chalice pass from Me;” but, immediately resigning Himself to His Father’s will, He prayed, “Not as I will but as Thou wilt!” I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of resignation to the will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Scourging at the Pillar – O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Scourging of Our Lord, when, at Pilate’s command, thy divine Son, stripped of his garments and bound to a pillar, was lacerated from head to foot with cruel scourges, and His flesh torn away until His mortified Body could bear no more. I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of mortification and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Crowning with Thorns –O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Crowning of Our Lord with thorns, when, the soldiers, binding about His head a crown of sharp thorns, showered blows upon it, driving the thorns deeply into His head; then, in mock adoration, knelt before Him, crying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Carrying of the Cross – O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Carrying of the Cross, when, with the heavy wood of the cross upon His shoulders, thy divine Son was dragged, weak, and suffering, yet patient, through the streets, amidst the revilements of the people, to Calvary; falling often, but urged along by the cruel blows of His executioners. I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of patience in adversityand humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Crucifixion – O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Cruxification, when, having been stripped of His garments, thy divine Son was nailed to the cross, upon which he died after three hours of indescribable agony, during which He begged from His Father forgiveness of His enemies. I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of love of our enemiesand humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. Spiritual Communion: My Jesus, really present in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar, since I cannot now receive Thee under the sacramental veil, I beseech Thee, with a heart full of love and longing, to come spiritually into my soul through the Immaculate Heart of thy most holy Mother and abide with me forever. Thou in Me, And I in Thee, In Time and in Eternity, Mary. In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary … In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this Spiritual Communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow in thanksgiving for (specify request) which thou in thy love hast obtained for me. Hail, Mary, etc. Closing Prayers: O God, Whose Only Begotten Son, by His Life, death, and resurrection has purchased for us the reward of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. May the divine assistance remain always with us. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES OF THE HOLY ROSARY Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary. In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, full-blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother! In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I gratefully kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses full blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery; each ten bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my thanksgiving; from thy bounty thou bast given me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly sought. I despaired not of what I asked of thee, and thou hast truly shown thyself my Mother. The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] The Resurrection – O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Resurrection of Our Lord from the Dead, when, on the morning of the third day after His death and burial. He arose from the dead and appeared to thee, dear Mother, and filled thy heart with unspeakable joy; then appeared to the holy women, and to his disciples, who adored Him as their risen God. I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of faith and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Ascension – O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Ascension, when thy divine Son, after forty days on earth, went to Mount Olivet accompanied by His disciples and thee, where all adored Him for the last time, after which He promised to remain with them until the end of the world; then, extending His pierced hands over all in a last blessing, He ascended before their eyes into heaven. I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of hope and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Descent of the Holy Spirit – O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Descent of the Holy Ghost (Spirit), when, the apostles being assembled with thee in a house in Jerusalem, the Holy Ghost descended upon them in the form of fiery tongues, inflaming hearts of the apostles with the fire of divine love, teaching them all truths, giving to them the gift of tongues, and filling thee with the plenitude of His grace, inspired thee to pray for the apostles and the first Christians. I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Assumption of Mary – O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of Thy Assumption, when, consumed with the desire to be united with thy divine Son in heaven, thy soul departed from thy body and united itself to Him. who, out of excessive love He bore for thee, His Mother, whose virginal body was His first tabernacle, took that body into heaven and there, amidst the acclaims of the angels and saints, re-infused into it thy soul. I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with Christ and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. The Coronation of the Blessed Mother – O glorious Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of Thy Coronation in Heaven, when, upon being taken up to heaven after thy death, thou wert triply crowned as the august Queen of Heaven by God the Father as His beloved Daughter, by God the Son as His dearest Mother, and by God the Holy Ghost as His chosen spouse; the most perfect adorer of the Blessed Trinity, pleading our cause as our most powerful and merciful Mother, through thee. I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be. [Fatima Prayer.] Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with thee and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet. Spiritual Communion: My Jesus, really present in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar, since I cannot now receive Thee under the sacramental veil, I beseech Thee, with a heart full of love and longing, to come spiritualy into my soul through the Immaculate Heart of thy most holy Mother and abide with me forever. Thou in Me, And I in Thee, In Time and in Eternity, Mary. In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary … In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this Spiritual Communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow in thanksgiving for (specify request) which thou in thy love hast obtained for me. Hail, Mary, etc. Closing Prayers: O God, Whose Only Begotten Son, by His Life, death, and resurrection has purchased for us the reward of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. May the divine assistance remain always with us. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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[02/29/20]   Homily Sat after Ash Wednesday,29-02-2020
Isaiah 58:9-14 / Luke 5:27-32.

At any point in time,we can surely think of a person or persons that we have difficulties relating with.We may just feel uncomfortable about that person, or cannot accept certain qualities about that person, or that person may have hurt us before.Hence human relationships are often laced with anything from indifference to intolerance.Of course, we being the disciples of Jesus will try and strive to resolve our differences.But the moment we get hurt again or feel that it is pointless or feel that there can be no change for the better, we will immediately and conveniently give up.But in today's gospel, we see Jesus approaching someone whom we would automatically ostracize in our lives, especially if that person has betrayed us and sold us out.Levi was such aperson and yet Jesus not only approached him,but even called him to follow Him.Jesus came to bring together all peoples into the peace and unity of God's kingdom.In our Lenten journey ahead, let us heed the word of the Lord from the 1st reading.
Let us release our clenched fists and drop the wicked word.Then our light will begin to shine for others and our own shadows will be shortened.

The Lord be with you.

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DEAR FRIEND ALWAYS,

RADIO MARIA MARIATHON 2020 AFRICAN CONGRESS KIGALI RWANDA 26TH - 28TH FEBRUARY.

[02/25/20]   Ash Wednesday Mass in Kampala
1: St Charles Lwanga Catholic Parish Ntinda: *7am, 10am, 1pm, 6pm*
2: Christ the King *6.20am, 7am, 10am, 1pm and 5.30pm*
3: Our Lady and St. Jude Naggulu *6.15am, 7am, 1pm*
4: Bank of Uganda St Mathew Chaplaincy *1pm*
5:kansanga parish *6:45am,8am & 6pm*
6: St. Augustine, Makerere: *7am,1pm, 6pm*
7: Our Lady of Africa Church Mbuya *7am, 9am,1pm, 6pm*
Sub- Parishes
- Kinawataka Sub-Parish, *5pm*
- Bbanda Sub-Parish, *5pm*
- St Zuria Sub- Parish *5pm*
8:Uganda Martyrs shrine Namugongo: *6:30am, 8am, 10am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm*
Namugongo Sub- Parish
- Mbalwa S/P *8am*
- Kitukutwe, *8am*
- Bulindo S/P *7am*
- Nsasa S/P *7am*
- Shimoni PS, *5pm*
- St Jonah, *6:30am*
-Queen of Mary SS *6:30am*
- kids ko *1Pm*
- Pax JP *11am*
- St Peters Nalya *6:30am*
- St Joseph's, *6:30am*
- Vienna College Namugongo, *4pm*
-Kitukutwe P , *10am*
- St Henry's S *5pm*
-Blessed ANP *10am*
9:Lubaga Cathedral *6:15am, 7am, 8:30am ( schools), 1pm, 5:30pm*
Sub- Parishes
-Nalukolongo Bakatayamba, *7am*
-Lubaga hospital, *6pm*
10: St Joseph's centenary Church Ndeeba *6am, 6:45am, 9am, 1pm, 5:Pm*
Sub - Parishes
- St Donozio Najjanankumbi , *6am, 9am, 5pm*
- Holy family sembule *6am,9am,5pm*
- St.Kizito kabowa *6:30am*
-St Veronica & schools *7am*
-Nursary and primary schools *8am*
-Trinity love school *9am*
- Secondary schools, 12noon
-kings schools *3pm*
- St kizito *5pm*
11: Busega Catholic Parish; *6:30am7:30am, 9am, 1pm,5pm*
Sub Parishes
- St Donozio *6:30am, 8am*
-Shell Com *6am*
-Busega Market *11am*
-Nateete Market *2pm*
-Nateete Park *4pm*
Radio Maria Uganda Chapel Mutungo @7pm
- Larch Com *6pm*

THE HOLY FACE OF CHRIST.

WHY WEDNESDAY.

ASH WEDNESDAY.

CHTIST IS

WHO SHOULD FAST.

WHY FAST?

MORAL OF LIFE.

FASTING.

[02/25/20]   Ash Wednesday Mass in Kampala tomorrow.
1: St Charles Lwanga Catholic Parish Ntinda: *7am, 10am, 1pm, 6pm*
2: Christ the King *6.20am, 7am, 10am, 1pm and 5.30pm*
3: Our Lady and St. Jude Naggulu *6.15am, 7am, 1pm*
4: Bank of Uganda St Mathew Chaplaincy *1pm*
5:kansanga parish *6:45am,8am & 6pm*
6: St. Augustine, Makerere: *7am,1pm, 6pm*
7: Our Lady of Africa Church Mbuya *7am, 9am,1pm, 6pm*
Sub- Parishes
- Kinawataka Sub-Parish, *5pm*
- Bbanda Sub-Parish, *5pm*
- St Zuria Sub- Parish *5pm*
8:Uganda Martyrs shrine Namugongo: *6:30am, 8am, 10am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm*
Namugongo Sub- Parish
- Mbalwa S/P *8am*
- Kitukutwe, *8am*
- Bulindo S/P *7am*
- Nsasa S/P *7am*
- Shimoni PS, *5pm*
- St Jonah, *6:30am*
-Queen of Mary SS *6:30am*
- kids ko *1Pm*
- Pax JP *11am*
- St Peters Nalya *6:30am*
- St Joseph's, *6:30am*
- Vienna College Namugongo, *4pm*
-Kitukutwe P , *10am*
- St Henry's S *5pm*
-Blessed ANP *10am*
9:Lubaga Cathedral *6:15am, 7am, 8:30am ( schools), 1pm, 5:30pm*
Sub- Parishes
-Nalukolongo Bakatayamba, *7am*
-Lubaga hospital, *6pm*
10: St Joseph's centenary Church Ndeeba *6am, 6:45am, 9am, 1pm, 5:Pm*
Sub - Parishes
- St Donozio Najjanankumbi , *6am, 9am, 5pm*
- Holy family sembule *6am,9am,5pm*
- St.Kizito kabowa *6:30am*
-St Veronica & schools *7am*
-Nursary and primary schools *8am*
-Trinity love school *9am*
- Secondary schools, 12noon
-kings schools *3pm*
- St kizito *5pm*
11: Busega Catholic Parish; *6:30am7:30am, 9am, 1pm,5pm*
Sub Parishes
- St Donozio *6:30am, 8am*
-Shell Com *6am*
-Busega Market *11am*
-Nateete Market *2pm*
-Nateete Park *4pm*
- Larch Com *6pm*
Please don't miss.Wishing you all a fruitful Lenten exercises. Don't forget almsgiving,works of Mercy,Penance and Holiness👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿

ASH WEDNESDAY US SET FOR THIS COMING WEDNESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2020.

REV .FR. JOHN BOSCO SSERUMAGA THE NEW RADIO MARIA UGANDA ASSISTANT NATIONAL DIRECTOR WT BWAISE PARISH TODAY FOR PROMOTIONS.

Dear Friend

[02/23/20]   *SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2020*

*SEVENTH SUNDAY IN THE ORDINARY TIME YEAR A*

*MEMORIAL OF SAINT POLYCARP, BISHOP AND MARTYR*

*Saint Medrald, Monk*

*Saint Willigis of Mainz, Priest*

*Saint Romana, Virgin*

*Saint Milburga, Princess and Religious*

*Saint Martha of Astorga, Virgin and Martyr*

*Saint Florentius of Seville, Martyr*

*FIRST READING*

_“You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”_

*A reading from the Book of Leviticus 19:1-2.17—18.*

The Lord said to Moses, “Say to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, you shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy. “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason with your neighbour, lest you bear sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.”

_The word of the Lord._

*RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 103:1-2.3-4.8 & 10.12- 13*

R/. _*The Lord is compassionate and gracious.*_

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all within me, his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all his benefits.

R/. _*The Lord is compassionate and gracious.*_

It is the Lord who forgives all your sins, who heals every one of your ills, who redeems your life from the grave, who crowns you with mercy and compassion.

R/. _*The Lord is compassionate and gracious.*_

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and rich in mercy. He does not treat us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our faults.

R/. _*The Lord is compassionate and gracious.*_

As far as the east is from the west, so far from us does he remove our transgressions.
As a father has compassion on his children, the Lord’s compassion is on those who fear him.

R/. _*The Lord is compassionate and gracious.*_

*SECOND READING*

_“All things are yours, and you are Christ’s,’ and Christ is God’s.”_

*A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 3:16-23*

Brethren: Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If any one destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are. Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So let no one boast of men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours; and you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

_The word of the Lord._

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION*

R/. _*Alleluia Alleluia*_
Whoever keeps Christ’s word, in him truly love for God is perfected.
R/. _*Alleluia Alleluia*_

*GOSPEL*

_“Love your enemies.”_

*A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:38-48*

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

_The Gospel of the Lord._

*REFLECTION ON THE WORD OF GOD*

Theme: _*Exceeding the Limits of Justice*_

Today’s readings explain why Christians are expected to be holy and how we are meant to become holy people. The first and second readings give us reasons why we should be holy, and the Gospel describes four methods of becoming holy people prescribed for us by Jesus using three examples of graceful Christian retaliation.

The first reading, taken from the book of Leviticus, teaches us that we should be holy because it is the command given to us by God through Moses: “Be holy, for I the Lord, your God, am holy.” It also shows us the way to share in God’s holiness: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

The Responsorial Psalm (Ps 103) challenges us to be holy as our God is holy by becoming kind and merciful and forgiving, as He is to us.

In the second reading, St. Paul gives us an additional reason to be holy. We are to keep our bodies and souls holy because we are the temples of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit lives in us.

In the Gospel passages taken from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us four methods of becoming holy as God is holy.

The first method is to abstain from all forms of retaliation. Jesus discards even the milder form of retaliation developed by Hammurabi in ancient Babylon and passed on to Israel through Moses. The policy was one of limited, proportional retaliation (“tit-for-tat”): “an eye for an eye, a tooth for tooth,”rather than allowing unlimited vengeance. In place of this limited, proportional retaliation, Jesus gives his new law of love, grace, forgiveness, reconciliation and no retaliation. For Jesus, retaliation, or even limited vengeance, has no place in the Christian life, even though graceful acceptance of an offense requires great strength, discipline of character, and strengthening by God’s grace.

The second method of becoming holy as God is holy is to take the offense gracefully and love the offender. Jesus illustrates this in three images: “turning the other cheek, freely giving the tunic and adding the cloak to it and walking the extra mile.” Jesus tells us that what makes Christians different is the grace with which they treat others, offering them loving kindness and mercy, even if they don’t deserve this treatment, as God does for us. We are commanded to love our enemies as Jesus loves us, with agápe love, not because our enemies deserve our love, but because Jesus loves them so much that he died for them as he did for us.

The third method of sharing in God’s holiness is by unconditionally and whole-heartedly forgiving the offender without planning revenge in any form. This means not only loving one’s neighbors, but also forgiving those enemies who hurt us and seem willfully to cause us suffering, hardship and unhappiness.

The fourth method of becoming holy as God is holy is to seal our determination to forgive our enemies by sincerely praying for their spiritual and physical welfare and for the grace needed for their conversion and renewal of life. Thus, today’s Scripture readings challenge us to become holy as our God is holy by loving, forgiving, and blessing others, even our enemies with graceful and magnanimous love, as our Holy God does.

_Lord, help me to forgive. Help me to offer mercy as a remedy for the injustice I face in life. May I heed Your words and follow the perfect example You set while on the Cross when You prayed, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” Help me, Lord, to imitate Your love and forgiveness.

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Today, the church in Uganda under the Uganda Joint Christian council is praying for peace in our country Uganda. The main celebrant is Rt. Rev Bishop Paul Ssemwogerere Bishop of Kasana Luwero. The celebration is here at Namugongo Martyrs Shrine.

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THE CONFESSION BOX.

[02/16/20]   *SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2020*

*SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A*

*Saint Juliana of Nicomedia, Virgin and Martyr*

*Blessed Joseph Allamano, Priest and Founder*

*Saint Julian of Egypt, Martyr*

*Saint Simeon of Metz, Bishop*

*Saint Faustinus of Brescia Bishop*

*Saint Onesimus of Ephesus, Bishop*

*Saint Juliana of Campania, Martyr*

*FIRST READING*

_“He has not commanded any one to be ungodly.”_

*A reading from the Book of Sirach 15:15-20*

If you will, you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live. He has placed before you fire and water: stretch out your hand for whichever you wish. Before a man are life and death, good and evil, and whichever he chooses will be given to him. For great is the wisdom of the Lord; he is mighty in power and sees everything. The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, and he knows every deed of man. He has not commanded any one to be ungodly, and he has not given any one permission to sin.

_The word of the Lord._

*RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 119: 1-2.4-5.17-18.33-34*

_R/. *Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!*_

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his decrees! With all their hearts they seek him.

_R/. *Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!*_

You have laid down your precepts to be carefully kept.
May my ways be firm in keeping your statutes.

_R/. *Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!*_

Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may see the wonders of your law.

_R/. *Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!*_

Lord, teach me the way of your statutes, and I will keep them to the end. Grant me insight that I may keep your law, and observe it wholeheartedly.

_R/. *Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!*_

*SECOND READING*

_“The wisdom of God which he decreed before the ages for our glorification_

*A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to Corinthians 2:6-10*

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians Brethren: Among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,” God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

_The word of the Lord._

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION*

_R/ *Alleluia Alleluia*_
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
_R/ *Alleluia Alleluia*_

*GOSPEL*

_“You have heard that it was said to the men of old, but I say to you.”_

*A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:17-.37*

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgement.’ But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgement; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
“Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from the Evil One.”

_The Gospel of the Lord._

*REFLECTION ON TODAY'S WORD OF GOD*

_Theme: *Honesty and Integrity*_

Today’s readings challenge us to choose freely and wisely to observe the laws given by a loving and caring God. He revealed His laws to His Chosen People through Moses and the prophets in the Old Testament, and through His own Son, Jesus, in the New Testament. For the Israelites, the Torah was not a set of laws, but the instruction or teaching intended to promote the holiness and wholeness of each believer. It was the revealed will of a caring God, for the people with whom had He made His covenant.

The first reading, taken from Sirach, contains the clearest statement in the Old Testament concerning the God-given freedom of the human will. It exonerates God from all responsibility for evil in the world. “If you choose, you can keep the commandments before you are life and death, whichever you choose shall be given you.”

In the second reading, Paul challenges his Corinthian believers to appreciate the wisdom of God’s saving plan for His people, a plan hidden for ages but now revealed by the Spirit.

In the selection from the Sermon on the Mount in today’s Gospel, while challenging his disciples to live a life of justice and righteousness which should exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus, as the new lawgiver, sets forth his own position with regard to the Law given through Moses, by providing new interpretation and meaning for the old laws.

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus explains the real meaning of three Mosaic laws concerning murder, adultery and divorce. We need to obey God’s Law, appreciating its basic principles: In obeying God’s law and Church law, let us remember the two basic principles on which these laws are based, namely, the principle of reverence and the principle of respect. In the first four of the Ten Commandments, we are asked to reverence God, reverence His holy Name, reverence His holy day and reverence our father and mother. The next set of commandments instructs us to respect life, one’s personal integrity and good name, the legal system, another’s property and another’s spouse. Our obedience to these laws must be prompted by love of God and gratitude to God for His blessings.

We need to forgive, forget and move toward reconciliation as soon as possible. St. Paul advises us “Be angry (righteous anger) but do not sin” (Eph 4:26). When we keep anger in our spirit, we are inviting physical illnesses, like hypertension, and mental illnesses, like depression. Let us relax and keep silence when we are angry, wait before acting on our anger, giving it time to detoxify and cool off, pray for God’s strength for self-control, and give the Holy Spirit time to help us to see the event through Jesus’ eyes instead of through anger’s eyes.

We need to be true to God, to ourselves and to others. Let us allow God’s word of truth to penetrate our minds and hearts and to form our consciences, making us men and women of integrity.

_Lord, please make me pure of heart. Help me to be a person of honesty and integrity. May the truth that You place in my heart be the basis of my actions and my words. May I speak with a clear conscience always speaking what You give me to speak.

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