June 3, 2017

Uganda martyrs

June 3, 2017:  SS. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

  • Red shirt, 'blood drop' pin:  Holy Spirit novena, Uganda martyrs' witness to the death

  • 'Eyeball' pin:  "The Lord's eyes behold mankind.  The upright shall see his face." (psalm)

  • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  Holy Spirit novena, Paul "wearing chains" (1st reading)

  • Man's 'hand' on tie:  Paul was 'handed' over to the Romans (1st reading)

  • 'Books' tie:  If Jesus' other works were written down, the world wouldn't hold the books (gospel)

  • White on tie and socks:  Easter season


Uganda Martyrs Day celebration at Namugongo shrine
From homily of Bishop Vincent Kirabo, Hoima Diocese:  Be faithful witnesses to the message of Christ just as the martyrs were.  The Uganda Martyrs were ordinary people with admirable human qualities.  Because of these qualities, they were leaders at the Kabaka’s palace.  There's documented evidence that as catechumens, they'd sometimes forgo sleep to visit the White Father Missionaries to learn about the Catholic faith.


Easter weekday
  • Acts 28:16-20, 30-31  Paul to Jewish leaders:  “I've done nothing against our people or customs but was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner.  The Jews objected to their releasing me, so I appealed.  I wanted to speak with you because I'm chained because of the hope of Israel.”  He remained for two years, receiving all who came and proclaiming the Kingdom and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Ps 11:4, 5, 7  "The just will gaze on your face, O Lord."  The Lord is just; his throne is in heaven.  His eyes behold mankind, searching the just and the wicked.
  • Jn 21:20-25  When Peter asked Jesus about the disciple following whom Jesus loved, Jesus said, “What concern is it of yours if I want him to remain until I come?  You follow me.”  If everything else Jesus did was to be written individually, I don't think the world could hold the books.
Martrys memorial
  • Ps 124:2-5, 7b-8  "Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler's snare."
  • Creighton:  Do you stop to listen to the Spirit, or get sidetracked with everyday concerns?  Be a “child” today.  Adulthood can get in the way and cause spiritual paralysis, but God calls us as his children....
  • One Bread, One Body:  "Mind your own business":  Between talk radio, gossip, tabloids, social media and so on, some mind everyone's business but their own, while their own lives deteriorate.  Jesus cries out, "Enough!"  "Look at the plank in your own eye..."  "Avoid senseless controversies; don't meddle in others' quarrels.  "Your business is to follow me."  I follow Jesus by putting my own house in order, loving one another, forgiving others, receiving the Holy Spirit....
  • Passionist:  Think about how Jesus touched lives while on earth through today.  May we continue to remember and tell those stories and our own.  It gives us hope in times of trial, gives glory to God, and encourages others in their walk with him.
  • DailyScripture.net:  When Peter asked about John's role, Jesus retorted, "What's that to you?  Follow me!"  Jesus called them both but gave each a different mission. / "Books can't exhaust the person and work of Jesus Christ." His power is inexhaustible, his grace is limitless, his wisdom unfathomable, his triumphs innumerable, his love unquenchable; we can't say enough about his power, majesty, and glory.
"May the power of your love, Lord Christ, fiery and sweet as honey, so absorb our hearts as to withdraw them from all that is under heaven. Grant that we may be ready to die for love of your love, as you died for love of our love."  (Absorbeat, prayed by St. Francis of Assisi)
    • Kevin, monastery founder

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