Palm Sunday with the Cardinal on The 14th April, 2019 At St. Austin’s Msongari
By Philip Onyango
St. Thomas of Aquinas chaplaincy took to the call on the 14th April, 2019 and responded big time. A team of twenty students departed from school at 7.30am for the mass at 9.00am at St. Austin’s Msongari grounds, in WestLands. The main celebrant was his Eminence Cardinal John Njue, assisted by the Auxiliary Bishop of Nairobi, His Lord Bishop Kamau.
As a tradition of the arch-diocese of Nairobi, the Palm Sunday is a combination of two occasions; the youth mass with the cardinal and the solemnity of the Palm Sunday the precursor to the Holy Week. It is the time his grace takes to hear and address the challenges the youth face in the diocese, a time in which as a loving father he gets into a conversation with sons to counsel them against any forms of misgivings in the society and often to encourage and inspire hope in the young souls. Take note of the current crisis in the society, take note of the wave of murder cases, suicidal tendencies and general absence of respect towards life.
In his homily, Cardinal Njue talked about the gospel passage of the day. The famous gospel text on the prodigal son and laid emphasis on the mercies of the Lord which are new every morning. He talked on the power of the confessional especially on the life of the future church, the youth. Especially in the time of lent, repentance, fasting, prayer and arms-giving are key so that when Easter is finally here, we have the resurrected Christ as our cornerstone.
It was a joyful mass! Thanks to the lively youthful choir assembled from every group and the interactive personality of His eminence. We later had a grand lunch. Though simple in stature but great in meaning, given the fact that it was the last meal we shared this semester. A rare and one of a kind.