fabien GasigwaPar Père Fabien Gasigwa, SJ
Socius du Régional

Nous continuons notre chemin vers Pâques et aujourd’hui, nous célébrons un dimanche qui n’est pas comme les autres. Et nous commençons une semaine très riche en célébrations liturgiques.

C’est le Dimanche des Rameaux. Et qui dit rameaux fait penser à la procession que nous ferons avec Jésus mais aussi avec l’évangéliste Matthieu qui nous relate l’entrée triomphale de notre Seigneur à Jérusalem : "Dans la foule, la plupart étendirent leurs manteaux sur le chemin ; d’autres coupaient des branches aux arbres et en jonchaient la route" (Mt21, 8). Qu’allons-nous offrir à Jésus assis sur l’ânesse?

FelixBy Fr. Félix Barutwanayo, SJ
Dean of Studies at Lycée du Saint Esprit, Burundi

The readings of this fifth Sunday of lent constitute the epitome of God’s self-revelation and the manifestation of his power over the forces of evil. Saint John portrays in an uncompromising manner the confrontation between Jesus and the painful reality of death. Through the story of Lazarus restored to life, God reveals that he has power over all forces of evil and death. Nothing in this world can put an end to his power. We see this in three important steps:

First, we discover that for God’s friends, anything can become an occasion of his self-revelation. When Martha and Mary sent a word to Jesus saying “the one you love is ill” (Jn 11: 3), Jesus was not troubled at all.

Jean Damascene3By Deacon Jean Damascène Bavugayabo, SJ
Hekima University College, Kenya

The liturgy of this fourth Sunday of Lent nourishes us with the healing miracle story of Jesus on a man born blind. Jesus brings to us the light that the world needs to see the mystery of God’s presence in our midst. When the blind man encountered Jesus everything changed. He recovered the sight that he had never had since he was born. However, his healing does not go well with everyone in his entourage. There are numerous oppositions and denials from groups of people who otherwise were supposed to marvel at God’s mighty work in the healing miracle. The Pharisees too resist the light; and their resistance blocks many others to reach to the light that should essentially enable them to see through. Too much light blinds them; I should add!

Marc Uwineza PicBy Fr. Marcel Uwineza, SJ
Boston College, USA

The story of Jesus with the Samaritan woman (Jn 4:1-42) reveals that we do not earn God’s love, we return it. The woman is confused by Jesus’ grand esteem of her: “Give me a drink.”(Jn 4:7) By this, Jesus reveals his independence from Jewish customs that considered the Samaritans as impure according to the Law. Jesus is not bound by customs that discriminate, a lesson for anyone who calls himself/herself Jesus’ disciple. Jesus implicitly tells his disciples in their silent return (and us): seek the purity of heart and mind. Do not be distracted by appearances!

Fidele IngiyimbereBy Fr. Fidèle Ingiyimbere, SJ, PhD
Lecturer of Philosophy at Arrupe College

On this second Sunday of Lent, we are reminded of the experience of the Transfiguration of the Lord, a prefiguration of the glorious Lord, but also, and especially, a fulfilling event for the lucky disciples who witness the glory of the Lord, and suddenly understand Him as the fulfillment of the Law and the prophets; and by the same token, understand that He is their own fulfillment. They feel complete. They do not see anymore Moses or Elijah; they only see Jesus; and they hear the Father, confirming Him as His beloved Son, and commending them to listen to Him. No wonder they would like to stay there, for “life is easy on the Mountain, and you’ve got peace of mind like you’ve never known.”

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