Fr. Raymond Atube’s theme was on Love. Love one another. He likened Pope Francis’s “The word is a gift, other persons are gifts” to love. In the Gospel, the rich man and Lazarus teach us about being gifts to each other. Lazarus was poor, in need, vulnerable, seemingly insignificant in society. He is given a name….Lazarus. The rich man was wealthy, pompous, blind to the poor, antisocial. He is not given a name. He did not consider Lazarus as a gift. At the end, they both died. Lazarus became a shining star. The rich man became vulnerable.
The sisters were asked to look at the face of the person sitting next to them. They were to see the face of God who loves the person. In the same vein we must see God in everyone. Fr. Raymond said that we Religious eat and drink the body and blood of Christ from the same bowl and cup, but we hate each other within our houses. We must learn from Christ loved and forgave his enemies. After Mass the sisters had tea together, planned for the next retreat, their project at Paimol, and and left.
Reported by Sr. Felicity Therese Drakuru, a member of Gulu East Zone