Caritas Sunday

The universal church provides on her liturgical calendar a Sunday to pray for the sick. The Western Deanery of the Diocese of Chinhoyi gathered on the 11th of February 2018 in commemoration of this day, praying with and for the sick at St Christopher’s Parish in Karoi. Despite the torrential rains that hit the Mashonaland West province, people thronged the parish from different parts of the deanery for Caritas Sunday Mass. All parishes that constitute the Western Deanery, namely, Kariba, St. Boniface, Mhangura, Murereka, Alaska, including the hosts Karoi were represented. There were seven priests on the day and the Dean Fr. Simbarashe Chigumbura was the main celebrant. Seven religious sisters from Kariba, Karoi and St Boniface were also a part of the congregation.
Mass kicked off at a very high note at 10:00hrs. The Missionary Childhood Association (M.C.A) iced the cake with their marvellous dances in the procession and throughout mass. The homily delivered by Fr. Bamusi was on expectant faith on the part of the sick person as well as how people can perpetuate Jesus’ healing through outreaching and touching the sick. “Do not personalise any sickness; saying my ulcers, my back, my legs… detach yourselves from sicknesses for they do not define whom you are,” were the wise words from the servant God. He gave a practical example of how Bantu people trap and catch baboons in the desert by making a hole into an anthill and leaving food in the hole. When a baboon gets hold of the food it does not release food for it to get the hand out of the small hole trapping its clenched fist. A baboon will not let go of the food until it is caught, so does the humankind they do not let go of their sicknesses; but identify themselves with their sickness until temptation, sin and death catch up with them. In that he urged all the sick to let go their sicknesses and weaknesses.
Fr. Bamusi went on to urge the congregants to take part and perpetuate the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through “touch.” The sick need our loving touch just as much as they need Jesus’ touch to be healed. When the sick are neglected they easily lose hope and give up on life. In this present age people do ostracise people like the ancient Jewish people did to the leapers, by sending them to the nursing homes and rural homes. Sending them money is not enough, as they need our touch, love and care.
It is indeed, “more blessed to give than to receive…” Acts 20:35, this was evidenced through the people who came joyously in their numbers with their gifts intended for the needy. The gifts ranged from clothes, food stuffs cash and many other things. Fr Mukaro, the development projects coordinator, talked about how we should learn to share with those in need the little that we have. He went on to encourage all the parishes to make it a priority of making collections for the M.C.A in this month of February as it is their month. The Missionary Childhood collection is sent to the diocese then to Rome through Papal Nuncio; Pope’s representative in Zimbabwe. The Pope will then in turn distribute the money to whole world accord to a particular church’s need.
God is still doing wonders in this world, having been prayed for during mass, nourished with the Eucharist as well as the food served for lunch people departed in a jovial mood.

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