I had a conversation with my father about a week ago and we even reflected upon the words of wisdom that the Late Archbishop Nkoyoyo shared with us. Little did we know that he would be passing a little while later. Archbishop Nkoyoyo preferred to preach in Luganda and his sermons were extremely rich especially for those that understand the language.
In one of the sermons, he encouraged Christians and especially believers of The Lord Jesus Christ to work. As he wound up his message he made this remark in Luganda; “If you have no job, nothing to sell and no one you’ve lent to – BE VERY AFRAID!”
It seemed far fetched but I think he was talking to the generation we have today. Many youths are not afraid even when they have no job, nothing to sell and no one they’ve lent to. In my opinion, some of them are not afraid enough to do something about it at least!
The second sermon was in December 1998 as we prepared to sit our University entry exams at Makerere High School. For those that have read my book “LIVE YOUR BRAND” you will know how I ended up at Makerere high School, it makes this story even richer.
So the weekend before the exams, our headmaster at the time Mr. Njagala (The man who spoke sense into me when I needed it most) asked the we bring our parents along for a thanksgiving service and blessing before the exam. On this day, Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo led the prayer and shared from the Word.
Speaking to the Candidates class of 1998 at Makerere High School, Nkoyoyo shared from the book of Luke 10:30-34.
The parable of the Good Samaritan.
30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
Nkoyoyo went on to expound on the text by urging the young men and women to pay attention to what the bible was telling us in this portion of scripture. He asked 2 fundamental questions.
The Levite and the Priest that passed either side were walking together to avoid being attacked by robbers but also the sad bit is they were most likely going down.
We see that the good Samaritan who had made the journey and had the heart to help was going UP to JERUSALEM and therefore was not ALONE – He was walking with JESUS.
Archbishop Nkoyoyo, spoke these words that have stayed with me since. His Love genuine love for people and simplicity brought him to Makerere High School to deliver this message to mere students. This was a school that was in the heart of Wandegeya and the smells of roast pork often distracted both students and teachers.
He could have been banqueting with the high and mighty or gone to a more established institution of great repute but chose to deliver this message to students and their parents.
The take-out from this beautiful sermon was “walk with Jesus and He will protect you!”
THESE WERE HIS LAST WORDS TO ME: WALK WITH JESUS!
I salute you Archbishop Nkoyoyo for the wisdom from God’s word that you shared relevantly to God’s people now you are IN HIS PRESENCE!