126. KATEKISTA SEBASTIANI

Collected by: Don Sybertz, with special thanks to Rev Joe Healey  (African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories)

Olihoi ng’walimu o dini ya kanisa katoliki, katekista, o Sanungu, ilina lyakwe Sebastiani. Aho adinabhatijiwa oliadazunije igiki bhulihoi bhupanga bho bhulunga kele. Oliazunije giki duhui bhulihoi bhupanga bho mili duhui. Ulufu lulingelelo ya wikaji. Jilinduhui ginhu jinghi aha baada lufu.

Ighinhu ija dini jili ja bhuhala duhui, gitumo Maduhu, agayombela, “Ighinhu ijasolobho jili ng’ombe, bhutale, walwa, gupona bhusiga, gubyala bhana.”

 Bhanoga abha badri bhuzenga jigango umu chalo ijo wikalaga uSebastiani na bhuntuma ng’walimu o dini, katekista moi. Nalulu aho ukatekista agulangaga higulya ya dini, USebastiani adamanile nulu hadoo, aliyo ubhulingisilo bhokwe yali gwilanga gusoma duhui.

 Mieji mingi igabhita, umhayo go ng’wa Mulungu gugandya gwingila mumoyo gokwe. Uwiza bho ng’wa Mulungu, isungu lwakwe, nu bhutengeke bhokwe, agandya gubhudebha.

Huna USebastiani agandya gumana iki bhulihoi bhupanga bhunghi ubho bhudashilaga, ubho bhudina nhalikilo. Ubhupanga bhunubho alidinha Mulungu ku nzila ya ng’wa Sebha wise Yesu Kristo.

Ubhulangwa bhunubhu bhuganyeja noi. Bhugingila mugati ya moyo gokwe gete. Ubhulondeja kubhulingisilo bhumo ubhushikanile, mpaga ubhiza ng’walimu o dini, nulu Katekista.

 KISWAHILI: KATEKISTA SEBASTIANI

Alikuwepo katekista mmoja wa Sanungu, jina lake Sebastiani. Kabla ya kubatizwa hakuwa na uhakika hata kidogo kwamba kuna uzima wa milele. Aliamini kuwa kuna uzima wa mwili tu, na kifo ni mwisho wa maisha. Hakuna kitu kingine baada ya kifo.

Mambo ya dini ni upuuzi tu, kama alivyosema Maduhu, “mambo ya maana ni ng’ombe, cheo madaraka, pombe, kupona busiga kubyala bana.”

Baadaye, mapadri walijenga kigango katika kijiji alichoishi Sebastiani na wakamtuma katekista. Basi katekista alipokuwa  akifundisha mambo ya dini, Sebastiani hakuelewa hata kidogo, ila akawa na nia ya kujifunza kusoma tu.

Miezi mingi ilipopita, Neno la Mungu lilianza kuingia moyoni  mwake, akauelewa wema wa Mungu, huruma yake, na haki yake.

Ndipo Sebastiani akaanza kufahamu kwamba kuna uzima mwingine ambao hauishi (haumaliziki, hauna mwisho, hauna kikomo.) Anatupa Mungu kwa njia ya Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo.

Mafundisho haya yalimfurahisha mno, yakaingia ndani ya moyo wake kabisa. Akayafuata kwa nia moja thabiti, hata akawa katekista.

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ENGLISH: SEBASTIAN, THE CATECHIST

There was one of the Sanungu catechists, named Sebastian. Before he was baptized, he did not believe that there was eternal life. He believed that there was only a physical life, and that death was the end of life. There was nothing else after death.

Religious things for him were just nonsense, as Maduhu once said, ” Things that are important are  power, position, alcohol, and bearing children.”

Later, the priests built an outstation of the church in the village where Sebastian lived. The church sent a catechist there. So, when the catechist taught religious matters, Sebastian did not understand at all, but he was only interested in learning how to read and write.

As months passed, the word of God began to enter the heart of Sebastian. He understood the goodness of God, His mercy, and His grace.

Then, Sebastian slowly began to realize that there is life that does not get finished (the endless life, eternal life). Moreover, he realized that God gives it to us through our Lord Jesus Christ.

These teachings made him so happy. They entered his heart and mind. He followed them whole heartedly. He even became a catechist.

 

 

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