Ubuntu (oo-bun-too) is an ancient Zulu word meaning,
'I am what I am because of who we all are'.
One belongs to a greater whole and is diminished
when others are humiliated or diminished.

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LOOKING BACK ON 2021

2021 was a year of ups and downs, but the enduring lesson is that we need to return to the spirit of ubuntu … the idea that one is a person only through other people, and that what happens to one person impacts on everyone else.

Never was this more obvious that during the politically motivated riots here in July, when looting and burning destroyed shops and businesses … and thousands of people were left jobless overnight.

Despite our shock and horror, it was heartening to see how ordinary citizens (and various churches) pulled together to help one another through a very difficult time. Neighbours shared food with one another, and emergency food parcels and vouchers were delivered promptly to those in greatest need.

Another positive note was the success of the country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. Although the virus continues to impact on daily life and business, we are hopeful that with 14 million people now fully vaccinated, we may finally be turning the corner on the pandemic.

However, the pandemic continues to remind us that we are connected to every person in the world … that the actions of people elsewhere affect us too – and that we all have a responsibility to act for the common good.

I keep going back to what our Holy Father says. Throughout the year, he has consistently reminded us that we need to be aware of, and respond to, the suffering of those less fortunate. Not just within our own communities or even our country, but all the other countries of the world.

There is no place for greed and destructive attitudes towards the resources of the earth. We need to be ‘brothers and sisters all’, united in our efforts to ensure that every man, woman and child on earth has access to basic necessities.

“In every sphere of life,” Pope Francis said, “We are bound to witness our concern for others, to think not only of ourselves, and to commit ourselves freely to the development of a more just and equitable society where forms of selfishness and partisan interests do not prevail. Christians must be inspired by the teachings of Jesus and care for others with a love that transcends borders and limits.”

On World Day of the Poor, he remarked, “This is what is asked of us: to be, amid the ruins of the everyday world, tireless builders of hope; to be light as the sun grows dark, to be witnesses of compassion amid widespread disinterest; to be an attentive presence amid growing indifference.”

Supporters of the Zulu Missions are always willing to help shine a light of hope into people’s lives – and for that I thank you. You have shown interest in, and compassion for, the daily struggles of poor people in our country.

Your gifts have not only made a huge impact, they also underscore your willingness to acknowledge that those who are poor and marginalised are just as valuable, and have the same right to human dignity as anyone else.

As we begin this new year, my special request is that you encourage others to extend the same generosity, caring and compassion as you do towards people who are suffering and in need in the world. We cannot allow the sins of greed, envy, pride, anger and inaction to triumph.

If you wish to renew your support at this time, please click the button below to give safely and conveniently online. May God continue to bless you.

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