Texts: Genesis 1: 26-31 Galatians 6:11-18 Luke 2:15-21
I greet you all in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour – Jesus Christ.
We thank God for enabling us to finish 2014 and landing us safely in 2015.
We congratulate all of you God’ people: Local and Central Government leaders, The King of Tooro and other Cultural leaders and their royal families, my colleagues the Religious leaders, business community, media, security, private sector, bankers, NGOs, for entering the new year. We ask God to forgive us the bad things we committed to Him and neighbors in 2014.
We ask God to make us better people in this New Year. The writer in Revelation 21:5 says: “Behold I make all things new…”
St. Paul says in Philippians 3:13 that: “… but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward goal of God in Jesus Christ.”
King David in Psalm 37:5 asks us to: ” Commit your way to The Lord; trust in Him and He will act.”
Prophet Isaiah 1:19 reminds us that: “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the Land.” If we want God’ favour and blessings on our life and work in 2015, we should resolve to obey His commandments.
The Church Calendar reminds us that 1st January is the eighth day on which Jesus Christ was circumcised as a male Jew as per the covenant that God made with Abraham in Gen. 17:12: “He that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male throughout your generation…”
The writer in Deut. 10:16 urges Israelites to: “Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn.”
We urge all males especially in this era of Aids not to be fooled that once one is circumcised he will not be infected with HIV.
Baptism for us Christians has replaced circumcision in the New Testament.
St Paul says in Gal.6:15 that: “It does not matter at all whether or not one is circumcised; what does matter is being a new creature.”
Let us become new creatures in this New Year.
Last but not least, this year’ Diocesan Theme is: HUMAN SEXUALITY: MALE AND FEMALE GOD CREATED THEM. (Gen.1:27).
Our focus will be looking at the specific roles and differences in our sexuality, appreciating these roles and differences and avoiding all forms of misuse and abuse of our sexuality so that our souls and bodies will be at peace.
In conclusion therefore, we thank God for sailing us through 2014, we commit the New Year into God’ hands and all the good and bad things that will come our way, that He will give us the ability to handle them. We pray that God will enable us in the New Year to handle our sexuality responsibly and with dignity.
The Lord be with you.
+ Kisembo B. Reuben – Dean, St. John’ Cathedral – Kabarole.