The Church of Uganda is a Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, Spirit-filled Anglican Church engaged in the mission of Jesus Christ in today’s world.
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2009
THEME: “Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them….” (1 John 3:24)
It goes without saying that Christmas is perhaps the most exciting time of the year. There is so much activity around this time; people are travelling to be with their loved ones, business people are stocking their products hoping to make a big sale; companies are offering huge discounts and promotions; young lovers are walking down the aisle, proclaiming love and commitment to each other. The country is ablaze with activity because there are so many reasons to celebrate.
And yet, among us are those for whom Christmas is a lonely time. They may be isolated for one reason or the other – they are imprisoned, oppressed, have lost their loved ones or trapped in a land far away. Some have been widowed or orphaned and their bereavement is heightened when they see others celebrate with their loved ones.
All the above having been said, let me remind you of what Christmas is really about.
Christmas is a time of rememberance. It is the perfect opportunity to remember the impact of Christ’s birth on a world that was dark and lost. It is a time to remember the impact of this one act of love that is able to make every man and woman whole. It is a time to remember the priceless offer of HIS blood to redeem mankind from sin and inevitably, death.
Christmas is also a time of evaluation. My plea to each one of you, as you celebrate the festivities is that you take a moment to ponder on the impact of the Christ’s birth and death on your life. What does this mean for you? What does this one act of love mean? And how does it impact our lives? How does it affect the way you celebrate Christmas?
At Christmas, we need to assess the way we live our lives. Can it be said that Christ lives in you? Can your family, colleagues and friends say that you are obedient to Christ?
It is my prayer that your way of celebration will show the Christ who lives in you; that you will open up your lives and homes to allow Christ to have a home in your hearts. This will then be reflected in the way we live.
2009 has been filled with many blessings but also with many challenges for our nation. Where you have excelled, I sincerely congratulate you. Where we have failed, I challenge you to look back as see what we could have done differently, in the hope that we will learn from our mistakes.
With Christ dwelling in our hearts, there will be no need for violence against one another, injustice, human sacrifice, exploitation, corruption and all manner of vice that seems to plague our nation.
And when we allow ourselves to be immersed in Christ, we then will be able to rise against the evil forces that are trying to take captive of our homes, schools, governments and our nation as a whole because, as John 10:10 says, “ I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly”. Your celebrations should sping from the life within and not because you are looking for life in Christmas celebrations.
I would like to extend my sincere best wishes to His Excellency the President, Maama Janet and the family; The Vice President and his family; The Prime Minister and his family; Members of Parliament, The Kabaka of Buganda and all cultural leadership in our nation.
I send Christmas greetings to the Council of Presidents of Inter-religious Council of Uganda, Co-chairs of Uganda Joint Christian Council and all Church Leaders.
To all people of Uganda, I pray that you will allow Christ to live in you wherever you are. Be mindful of each other as you celebrate. Let His peace reign in Uganda!
Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!
To God be the Glory.
The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi
ARCHBISHOP OF CHURCH OF UGANDA