2nd Sunday before Lent. SUNDAY 16th FEBRUARY 2020.
Welcome to Saint Janani Luwum’s day. Every year, February 16th is celebrated the world over and in Uganda it is a public holiday. Janani Luwumu was born in Northern Uganda District of Kitgum, a place called Mucwini.
.He was brutally murdered on the order of President Idi Amin Dada on 16th Feb, 1977 for standing for the truth and opposing the killings of many Ugandans by the regime of Gen. Idi Amin Dada. As a Christian martyr of today we are to learn from him the cost of discipleship. According to Mark 6:14-29, the example of John the Baptist who was beheaded by King Herod because John preached against his sin of adultery; shows that Christian believers must be ready to die for preaching the message of the kingdom of God. Therefore the cost of discipleship will involve;
Firstly, standing for the truth of the gospel of the kingdom of God whether it is convenient or not.
Secondly, when the opposition arises it will always be a time of trial for the church. The people of God must stand in unity.
Thirdly, the Christians need to stand firm on the word of God knowing that days of persecution are bound to come.
Finally, Jesus Christ has promised to be with his disciples to the very end of the ages. (Mathew 28:18-20).
In conclusion, we thank God for the ministries of Rev.Dr. Grace Lubaale and his family here at St. Luke’s Chapel, Mulago and wish them every success in the new place of assignment. At the same time we welcome our new clergy together with their families and wish them great ministries throughout their time here at St. Luke’s Chaplaincy.
Long live St. Janan Luwum’s legacy, long live Christian martyrdom and leadership.
Blessings in Jesus Christ.
Rev. Dr Grace Lubaale
Questions for Home cell and Personal Reflection.
Read carefully; Psalms 119:17-24, Acts 7:54-60; Mark 6:14-29; Colossians 1:10-20.
- How can the Christian disciple face persecution with courage whenever it comes?
- What are some of the reasons today that make it hard for many Christian believers to pass the test of martyrdom?
- Share your testimony about an experience portraying what Christian martyrdom may mean to you today.