While the church was soundly quiet, following heavy praise and worship and thanking god for his majje (army), it was now time for the congregation to be nourished with the word. It is at this point that Anite marched through the long aisle, knocking her high heeled shoes and swaying with the spirit to the lectern.
In a sharp voice she started; “brethren, be not afraid, for I will fight your wars as I did for the wars of your forefathers.” with each chapter, voice volume increased.
We sat with arms folded, as Anite read smoothly through the lectionary, smashing her reading and into the responsorial psalms.
“He will never leave you, nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged,” we chorused after her.
Into the second reading, Anite went on with the animation, reciting a biblical lullaby from the book of Revelations, and slowly slipped into Psalms;
“For it is not an enemy who taunts me- then I could bear it. It is not an adversary who deals insolently with me- then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng,” she read.
“Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me,” she continued to read.
When it was time for the homily, the main celebrant said that the suffering of betrayal is only magnified by vulnerability and exposure. It destroys the foundation of trust.
The main celebrant asked that whoever has been under the situation should KNEEL, and cry to god, for he saves, just like King David said: “Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice.”
He asked that we take a clear move in our lives and seek an AUDIT, understand where we have gone wrong, and silently go through a meditation process to determine what is important in our lives and what is not worthwhile.
He said no amount of noise would solve our inner issues, but a close relationship with the soul and process of peaceful benediction. He then urged that we go back home and make peace with everyone.
We sang a meditation song hand in hand, led by Anite and Rukutana:
“Were you there, when they crucified my Lord, were you there when they nailed him to the cross. Oh Oh some times, it causes me, to tremble, tremble , tremble..”