Kampala, 22 January, 2022 / 5:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Christians have an obligation of upholding religious practices and serving one another with love and mercy without dwelling on external appearances that are merely “mechanical”, a Catholic Priest in Uganda has said.
In his Tuesday, January 18 homily at St. Mary’s Lubaga Cathedral of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese, Fr. Achilles Mayanja said that people of God get the Holy Spirit through religious practices and sacraments of the Church.
“We must be very careful when it comes to practicing our faith. We must avoid mechanical observance of religion,” Fr. Mayanja who serves as the Apostolic Administrator’s Delegate for Kampala Vicariate said during Holy Mass that was aired on Facebook.
The Ugandan Priest added, “We must not just learn the laws by heart but we need to learn the heart of the law; the heart of our religious practices is love, mercy and service.”
“Let us not do things mechanically. Somebody goes to Church because it’s time for Church, somebody goes to prayers because he must do it,” Fr. Mayanja said, emphasizing on the need for Christians to avoid looking at external appearances before making decisions.