“The rite of election of candidates for RCIA took place on Sunday 5th March at 9h.30 in the morning at the Uganda martyrs parish in Bongweni and was presided over by Rt Rev Bishop Zolile Petros Mpambani of Kokstad diocese assisted by Fr V. Bwete, the parish priest of the Uganda martyrs church
On the 19th February a big crowd of faithful and invitees gathered in Kokstad for celebrating Bishop Zolile P. Mpambani’s 60th Year Birthday as well as his 30th Anniversary of his Priestly ordination.
The Holy Mass was said for the two-fold celebration held at the St Patrick’s Cathedral in Kokstad at 11h.00am. The readings were taken from the 7th Sunday of the Year A. In his homily during the Eucharistic Celebration, Bishop Jwarha of the Vicariate of Ingwavuma called all the faithful and those who were present to understand that Jesus has given us a new law. This is the law of love. Therefore hatred belongs to the past.
“ …I hope you understand that hatred belongs to the past. Jesus said I give you a new law. This is the Law of love.” He said. He also reminded the faithful that, we should not hate those who make us suffer, but pray for them and do well to those who persecute us. There is nobody who may say that he/she does not have an enemy. And if somebody does not have an enemy that means there is something wrong with that person. But we should go and love our neighbour and greet them. We should not retaliate with hatred or wrong doing. If we only greet those who love us that means we are not yet true followers of Jesus. We should not live in the past with hatred. We are the temple of God and the Holy Spirit dwells in us. Therefore hatred can make a mess of this temple. To hate another person is to put shame on ourselves.
He also brought to Bishop’s Zolile’s attention that as the Gospel of the day speaks about enemies, he (Bishop of Kokstad) also in all these 60th years of priestly ministry may have experienced it in his life. He also added that to have enemies is not a synonym of being a bad person. Some enemies come to our lives without our invitations. There are some who come to our lives because of what we have; there are others we have in our lives simply because they do not want to hear the truth. A person may also be hated because of his/her righteousness.
It is painful for a faithful to be an enemy of another faithful. We cannot say at the time of our baptism that we reject Satan yet after baptism we still carrying on developing hatred and become enemies of our fellow Christians. In the same regard it is painful to be hated by a faithful who know God who may happen to be a prayerful person.
We cannot receive the body of Christ, calling ourselves Christians and yet still living the past and still want to revenge or hate our fellow brothers and sisters. He also reminded the Bishop that the work God gave him is not as easy task but he should only persevere in prayer and ask God to help him not to be any person’s enemy.
He also put it clearly in front of everybody that it is a shame when people have to hate one another in the Catholic Church. How can I hate my brother or sister and yet I approach the table of the Lord to receive the Holy Communion? Before doing so we should firstly encounter the Lord in sacrament of reconciliation. This will therefore help us to love our neighbour, our brothers and sisters and pray for those who hate us. And the Scriptures remind us that it is better to forgive before the sunset. One of the reasons we should regularly visit the sacrament of reconciliation is because we cannot eat the body of Christ with anger and hatred in us.
Finally he called everybody to bear in mind that nobody should have anything against his/her brother. And we should always know that hatred belongs to the past…
“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs” ( Luke 18:16)
Addressing the parents, teachers and the crowd at the graduation ceremony of the children in the Holy Trinity Hall in Matatiele, Bishop Zolile P. Mpambani reminded them of their duty to their children. “As parents our primary responsibility should be to help our children to know, serve, respect and fear God all the time.” He said. He also reminded all the parents that the future of their children depend on the present. ‘Since there is no parent who would wish to have a failure child in the future, it is therefore our duty as parents together with the teachers to help the children in shaping their future because their ‘tomorrow’ will necessarily depends on how they will be treated and brought up’ he mentioned. In addition, ‘as parents we are invited to help the children to have a bright future’ he said. The Bishop also urged the parents to love their children as Jesus does. Jesus loves the children so very much and that is the reason why he said “…let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs” ‘ but if we also look like children ours will be the Kingdom of God too’ he said.
Theme: “MARY MOTHER OF OUR FAMILIES, TEACH US TO BE MERCIFUL LIKE THE FATHER”
This ceremony took place on the 17th April 2016 at Gogela village. Gogela outstation is found in Uganda martyrs’ catholic parish Bhongweni, in Kokstad Catholic Diocese.
The main celebrant was, Bishop Zolile Petros Mpambani, SCJ the bishop of Kokstad. The co celebrant was the son of the village, the parish and the diocese, Bishop Xolelo Thaddeus Kumalo, bishop of Eshowe diocese. They were assisted by the parish priest Fr. Vincent Bwete was present.
It was colourful and joyful moment for the parishioners especially the local people of Gogela. It was so because they got a new and beautiful church where the worship the God. The parishioners worked hard to have this church.
Our thanks also go to our benefactors especially, the Pontifical Missions Societies of Pope Francis, and the Little Ways Association, the diocese of Kokstad and all the people of good will.
May almighty God bless you all.
On Friday 15 July Bishop Zolile P. Mpambani SCJ led the Eucharistic celebration of the final profession of Sr Busisiwe Lucia Hlomani FCSCJ at the Holy Spirit Parish in Flagstaff.
The procession started at 10h.00 AM from the convent to the Church via school compound and it was led by drum majorettes followed by parishioners and the clergy. It was a moment and day of joy for the whole parish in Flagstaf and the Diocese at large.
Readings for the Holy Mass celebration were taken from the books of Isaih 43:1-5; Romans 9;12-18; Mathew 11:25-30.
In his homily, the Bishop assured God’s protection to the candidate and to all who were present referring himself to the words of Isaiah.“I am the Lord your God, the Holy one of Israel your saviour…”(Isaiah 43:3). He also mentioned to the faithful that God does not send a person without granting him/her strength, knowledge, and power to do His work. We also should not be afraid when God calls us because as he assured protection and guidance to Moses and Samuel he is probably able to do the same even to us whom he has called into his vineyard to work as brothers and sisters.
But since the journey might look challenging, the Bishop went on by referring himself to the word of Jesus in the Gospel encouraging the faithful to come to Jesus with all their burdens and he will give them rest. “…Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul…”. Mt 12:28. We should come to him and not let him go because once we let him go we may not reach our destination. Addressing the candidate, the bishop encouraged her to keep in her heart all the values(love, humility, respects…) she was taught by her parents, community, brothers, sisters and friends.
In this regard, Jesus should be an eye which enlightens all Christian faithful. All of us should have our light from Him. And we are called to take this light and use it to enlighten our homes and communities. Once our homes, groups and communities come across the light of Jesus, we can therefore be able to live in mutual love as the family of Nazareth (Jesus, Mary and Joseph). People should devote themselves to this love. As Christians, our greatest task is to put this love into practice.
The Bishop added also that prayer, love and devotion are among the good factors to boost love in our families and communities. We should always put these elements into practice if we want to build a community based on love and in so doing our love will be a sincere one. Love should be taught and encouraged to the people at our homes, groups and communities.
As we are all called to live together in love and joy, we should also make an effort to rejoice with those who are rejoicing and to show support to those who are in sorrow and not to be aloof from them. We should help them to find a way out to their problems or challenges and not gossip about them. Gossip is unkind and will never bring a solution to the challenge that is facing the neighbour.
We should be good and show support to one another because our life is the one of relationship. We do not have to allow the spirit of wickedness dwell in our minds since we know that there will be times of joy, doubt, sorrow, tears, asking oneself many questions or time of running away because of the challenges of life. But in such time we should remember that God is with us and loves us.
And if in such time it happens that I have offend somebody through my words or actions let me ask for forgiveness. In case that I am the one who was offended let me, be ready to forgive. This is what we should be doing in our different communities and as married couples. There are three important words that we should always put into practice to keep the flame of love burning in our societies, communities or homes: Please, Thank you, Sorry. This applied to married and none married couple. These words may sound difficult but are important and helpful to people who are living in the community and family. His holiness Pope Francis made this year to be the Year of mercy so that all of us can forgive and ask for forgiveness from one another.
Finally, turning to the candidate, the Bishop once more encouraged her through the word of God in the book of Isaiah saying that when Challenges come on your side you must always remember that God’s assurance is that “…I the Lord am your God , the Holy one of Israel, I am your Saviour…Do not be afraid for I am with you” Isaiah(Isaiah 43:3;5).
Our Lord Jesus Christ is teaching us to be merciful just as the Father is. Many questions arise on the meaning of being merciful, what does this mean? Simple, be merciful. Our Lord is merciful.
Being merciful means be like the Father who never counts anyone’s mistakes, but forgives endlessly. “Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me?” (Mt. 18:21). 2015-2016 is a year named by the Holy Father Pope Francesco as the year of Mercy. He challenges us Christians to imitate the love of Christ. The Love that once looked at the crowed and said “Lord forgive them; they do not know what they are doing” (Lk.25:34). Indeed Jesus forgave them. This is a kind of love God wants us to share with others.
The face of Jesus full of love freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being slaves of Money. He never judged them but called them to follow him. The adulteress woman brought to him, “woman has anyone condemned you? ‘No master’, says the woman; ‘neither do I condemn you, go and do not sin any more’” (Jhn.8:10-11). There is no where Jesus holds the sins of people. He forgives and welcomes everyone.
The Church is teaching the Sacrament of confession, it is through this Sacrament that one is able to embrace the love of Christ. When one confesses, he/she is not doing any favour to the Church but freeing him/herself from the slavery of sin; for it is Christ Himself who forgives the sins. People should not be afraid to frequent this Sacrament for it is reach indeed. Before confession one is ashamed but after confession one is happy, says Pope Francesco; let us therefore embrace the joy of being loved by the Father who judges no one.
Oh! How beautiful is the prayer of the Lord we recite every day. ‘Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us’ (Mt.6:12). This part of prayer should reminds us of the merciful Father, He is indeed forgiving us, but the question is; do we forgive others? I leave it here so that you may have time to think about the merciful Father. How I love to be forgiven yet how I fail to forgive. Misericordes sicut Pater.
It is, indeed true that deep inside me there is more than me. One can understand this by simple knowing his or her senses which, which most people are taking them for granted. This is the realisation of oneself who really contemplate or reflect upon his or her life. By reflecting, pondering, gazing and contemplating, one can understand that deep inside ‘there is more than me’.
We are living in the world where lot of things are happening. People have no time to reflect upon their lives because of the noise or many things happening around them. In this case, I realised one thing about reflection, which by reflecting deep inside my heart there is more than me.
In order for one to know deep inside in his or her heart, one has to use senses instead of using mind (thinking) during reflection. Senses are the things that we are all aware of and can even explain. We should know what we are sensing that is different from what we are thinking since thinking is the process of mind or being conscious of something.
Senses are not from the mind only but rather from the whole body more like as feelings and emotions. For example, we are sensing is when we: taste. In this manner, one should learn that when he or she is meditating, he or she should be aware of what he or she is sensing. ‘I sense that I am’ meaning this should be from the ‘being’ not from the ‘I’ which is from the head or consciousness. In spirituality, ‘being’ is from deep down not from mind. For instance looking at the second picture, the red spot indicates the ‘being’. This shows us that there is more than ‘I’ deep inside me. Therefore, in this case, I learnt to always write down what I observe not what I am thinking.
Questions to reflect on.
- What am I sensing now?
- With what am I satisfied?
- With what I am less satisfied?
- What would help me to answer these question?
Article by Mohapi Katleho Christopher. Written on 10 March 201