The condemnation of bloodshed and violence in various parts of the country dominated Christmas sermons as Christians commemorated the birth of Jesus Christ. Through their Christmas messages, clerics noted that Christmas should remind the faithful about humility, peace, reconciliation, and God’s love.
They called on the faithful to stand as one people, show love to one another and eschew bigotry even in times of difficulty due to several challenges including poverty, heightened political tensions, and COVID-19 among others.
Archbishop Augustine Kasujja, who led the Christmas mass at Lubaga Cathedral in Kampala challenged the congregation to be mindful of the brotherly heart, which he noted is dying out and being replaced by individualism, greed, and egoism.
Relating to the lowly birth of Jesus, which took place in a kraal, Archbishop Kasujja stressed that every person in his capacity needs to reflect on the humility shown by Jesus.
At Namirembe Cathedral, Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira called upon leaders to use the birth of Jesus Christ to change their ways for the better. He said this year’s Christmas comes at a time when the country is facing a lot of challenges that need immediate attention from the leaders.
Luwalira wondered how people in a country full of suffering can be told that the birth of Christ is a joy to the world. “Justice, freedom, and peace are what we are calling for; let justice not be turned into injustice. Use the coming of Christ to change your ways. If Jesus was to come back today, how has his message changed people’s lives? Can we present Uganda as a well-disciplined nation?” Luwalira wondered.
In the same development, Dr. Joseph Sserwadda, the presiding apostle at Victory Christian Center, Ndeeba, urged Christian to fight for their rights, saying that nothing will ever come to them on a silver plate. Pastor Sserwadda said that even as the Born-Again Church, they have had to fight for their existence and have been free.