April 4, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
Re: EASTER MESSAGE
“Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on the Cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 2:8-11.
Hardly three months have gone by since we celebrated Christmas. This was a great reminder of the birth of Christ in Bethlehem.
During Easter we focus on the climax of God’s divine love, Jesus demonstrated to humanity. In a world suffering from lack of love during his earthly life, though he did no wrong, he faced the cruelty of human selfish hearts. He was arrested by the Religious Establishment and tortured to the point of exhaustion. The Romans finally sentenced him to death. He was crucified between two (2) criminals. In his pain and agony he cried to God to forgive his tormentors. His company on that Cross represented the fallen class of humanity, the humble, the poor, the helpless and homeless.
Ø What do we experience today?
· In Health:
Today we have a challenging world to live in. Some of us who have the duty to serve Ugandans are denying the weak the means to live a healthy life. What is happening when drugs are stolen, funds are embezzled, in a nation that has responsible people who should care for the citizens? The weak go to look for treatment but are shunned away, ignored and rudely sent away by people who have the power to aid them in their healing process. Jesus, may you look at us from the Cross with your face full of agony and compassion.
God has called leaders to lead by example. The people need freedom from darkness of ignorance. They look for direction to be free from shackles of poverty but are in dilemma as to who to turn to. The abuse of power and authority today has made it impossible for some of our leaders to serve the weak in our communities. The people are like “Sheep without a Shepherd.” Young people are looking for direction but are being misled. You can almost hear them crying – “Who is there to listen to us?” Jesus looks from the Cross with his face full of agony and compassion.
Before Jesus died, he declared, “It is finished” meaning, the sacrifice at last has been offered for humanity’s freedom. Therefore committed leadership must give hope and confidence to the people they are leading. Jesus made a sacrifice on our behalf.
· Your Neighbour:
When Jesus was on the Cross he was accompanied by two robbers. One of them insulted him whereas the other defended him. He walked among people and offered a hand of friendship. All faithful people of God during this Easter Season, you need to extend friendship to someone in need. Jesus demonstrated love for a neighbor even in his moment of pain. We are compelled by his example to do the same. This is very important for us today in Uganda in the light of the political differences faced by our people. Be a good neighbor to one another as Jesus was. He said to the robber, “Today I shall be with in paradise.”
· Election of the next Archbishop:
Will you take some time to pray for the forthcoming election of the incoming Archbishop during this Easter Season. The election will take place on June 22. The prayer of faithful people is effective and God will respond if you do so diligently.
· The Open Tomb:
May I call upon you to know that Easter is a clear message of victory for all who believe in Jesus Christ. He who died, was buried finally overcame death the enemy of humanity. What does that mean? It means that we should never lose hope no matter what we are going through. Victory is yours if you trust in Jesus Christ.
As Uganda is looking forward to celebrating 50 years of her political Independence, we who are alive should be thankful. This history is ours to make this year 2012. Let us take time to forgive each other as our Saviour did at the Cross. He said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34. Much pain has been caused in this country over the years through civil wars fought, conflict one with each other, political misunderstandings which left people wounded, disfigured and confused.
The Resurrection of Jesus comes with these words, “Peace be with you.” Luke 24:36. This peace was paid for in full by the one who pronounced it – Jesus of Nazareth.
May you all have peaceful celebrations and receive strength to overcome all the obstacles and enemies on your way.
I send greetings to the President of Uganda – H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his family; all Members of Parliament and all Cultural Leaders in Uganda. I acknowledge the contributions of the opposition and pray God to guide them in all their efforts towards the development of our country. I salute the Council of Presidents of Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU).
MAY THE PEACE OF THE RISEN LORD FILL YOUR LIVES.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi
ARCHBISHOP OF CHURCH OF UGANDA