"God gave us six days in a week and left only one day to thank and praise Him. When you start complaining of lengthy preaching, I really can’t understand"
Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has expressed concern over some Christians he says complain about long sermons in churches.
“The problem today is that people want to spend a short time in church, but after mass you see them standing outside just chatting away,” Lwanga said.
He added that people say that mass takes a lot of time and some start looking at their watches restlessly, wondering when prayers will end.
“My fellow Christians we have to preach the word of God to you in full. Bearer with us.”
“God gave us six days in a week and left only one day to thank and praise Him. That is the day we have to preach the word of God in full to you. When you start complaining of lengthy preaching, I really can’t understand,” the prelate said.
Lwanga made the remarks while preaching to hundreds of Christians in a mass to celebrate Fr Christopher Kiwanuka Kasajja’s golden jubilee in priesthood at Uganda Martyrs Shrine, Munyonyo on Saturday.
He also expressed concern about Christians who have turned Sunday into a working day, choosing to tend to their gardens or touring their farms.
“God gave us six days to work. He set aside only one day – Sunday, a day for prayers, but many people have rejected it, which is bad. It is embarrassing for people who never respect Sunday as God’s day to think of making money,” Lwanga said.
Lwanga praised Kiwanuka for a remarkable service of 50 years in priesthood and asked other priests to emulate him.
“Kiwanuka in his age and experience is simple, humble and always in his cassock that is as white as snow. I first met him in Gulu where he was sent to teach in Lacor Seminary,” he said.
“We thank Fr Kiwanuka for your integrity and your faithful service to God’s people. May God continue to bless you with good health,” he added.
Kiwanuka was born on February 8, 1938, in Mulungu Salaama, Munyonyoto the Andrew Kasajja Kiwanuka and Elizabeth Nalukenge Kiwanuka.