Ulusumo lunulo, lulolile bhusoseji bho ng’hwi mliko lya guzugila jiliwa. Bhalihoyi bhanhu abho bhazugaga jiliwa ja bhabhini bha mbina umu chalo ja ng’wa madulu. Abhanhu bhenabho, bhazugaga jiliwa jinijo bhujipe pe kunguno ya giki bhapandike wasa bho gwilolewa mbina ahikanza lya limi.
Aliyo lulu, inghwi jabho jigegela gushiga haho bhatali ugumala uguzuga ijiliwa jabho, niyo nubhuji bhutali ugwela. Abhanhu bhenabho, bhagituma gujusena ng’hwi ningi gete ijo jidulile guzugila jiliwa bhujipe pe mpaga bhubisha ijiliwa jabho.
Abhaseni bha ng’hwi bhenabho, bhagaja nhana bhugajisema ng’hwi nyinghi gete ijo bhagajizugila mpaga wela ubhuji, niyo bhujibisha pye ijiliwa jabho. Abhoyi bhagadeha chiza igiki ing’hwi ininghi jigabishaga jiliwa wangu na jigatumamaga nimo mpaga wela ubhujiku. Hunagwene abhanhu bhenabho bhagagayiwila ulu bhalihaya kutumama nimo nhebhe giki, “ng’hwi ninghi jigangaluchaga.”
Ulusumo lunulo, lugalenganijiyagwa kubhanhu abho bhagatumamaga milimo yabho kihamo bho gwiyambilija chiza, umuwikaji bhobho. Abhanhu bhenabho, bhagibhilingaga bhagaitumama imilimo yabho bhogwiyambilija kihamo chiza kunguno ya ng’wigano gobho gunuyo, umubhutumami bho milimo yabho. Abhoyi bhagalimaga migunda mitale ya jiliwa ja mbika nyinghi, iyo bhagalimilaga chiza mpaga bhapandika sabho nyinghi kunguno ya wiyambiliaga bhobho bhunubho, umumilimo yabho.
Abhanhu bhenabho, bhagikolaga ni ng’hwi ininghi ijo jigatumama nimo bhujiku pe mpaga jujipisha ijiliwa ijo jazugagwa, kunguno nabhoyi bhagibhilingaga bhingi bhagatumama milimo yabho bho ng’wigwano chiza mpaga bhayimala, umutumami bhobho. Hunagwene bhagikomikaga kuja kujutumama nimo nhebhe bho gwiwila giki, “ng’hwi ninghi jigangaluchaga.”
Ulusumo lunulo, lolanga bhanhu higulya ya gubhiza na bhumo bho gutumama milimo yabho bho gwiyambilija chiza, umutumami bhobho, kugiki bhadule kupandika sabho ninghi ja kubhagunana, umuwikaji bhobho.
Matendo ya Mitume 4:32
KISWAHILI: KUNI NYINGI HUKESHA.
Methali hiyo, huangalia uchocheaji wa kuni kwenye jiko la kupikia chakula. Walikuwepo watu waliokuwa wakipika chakula cha wacheza ngoma kwenye kijiji cha Mwamadulu. Watu hao, walipika chakula hicho usiku kucha kwa sababu ya kutaka kuimaliza kazi hiyo usiku ili mchana wapate muda wa kuiangalia hiyo ngoma.
Lakini kuni zao zilikaribia kuisha ikiwa bado ni usiku, na hawajamaliza kupika. Wakatumana kwenda kukata kuni nyingi sana ambazo zaweza kupikia chakula usiku kucha mpaga kuviivisha vyote.
Wakataji hao wa kuni, walienda kweli wakakata kuni nyingi sana ambazo walizipikia mpaka usiku kucha na wafanikiwa kuviivisha vyakula vyote. Walipoona hivyo, walielewa wazi kwamba, kumbe kuni nyingi huivisha chakula mapema na zaweza kutumika hadi usiku kucha. Ndiyo maana watu hao walianza kuambiana wakati wa kutaka kufanya kazi yoyote kwamba, “kuni nyingi huseka.”
Methali hiyo, hulinganishwa kwa watu wale ambao hufanya kazi zao kwa umoja wa kusaidiana vizuri, katika maisha yao. Watu hao, hujikusanya na kwenda kuyatekeleza majukumu yao kwa kusaidia pamoja na vizuri kwa sababu ya uelewano wao huo, katika utendaji wa kazi zao. Wao hulima mashamba makubwa ya mazao ya aina mbalimbali ambayo huyatunza vizuri mpaka wanapata mavuno mengi ya kutumia maishani mwao, kwa sababu ya umoja wao huo wa kusaidiana katika kazi zao.
Watu hao, hufanana na zile kuni nyingi zilizotumika usiku kucha mpaka zikaivisha chakula kilichokuwa kinapikwa, kwa sababu nao wanaumoja wa watu wengi wanaofanya kazi kwa uelewano mpaka wanaimaliza, katika utekelezaji wa majukumu yao. Ndiyo maana wao wanapotaka kufanya kazi fulani hualikana kwa kuambiana kwamba, “kuni nyingi hukesha.”
Methali hiyo, hufundisha watu juu ya kuwa na umoja wa kuyatekeleza majukumu yao kwa kusaidiana vizuri, katika kazi zao, ili waweze kupata mali nyingi za kutosha kutumia, maishani mwao.
Matendo ya Mitume 4:32
ENGLISH: MANY PIECES OF FIREWOOD LIGHT THE WHOLE NIGHT.
The above proverb started from people who were adding firewood in a cooking stove. There were people who were cooking food for dancers in Mwamadulu Village. They had to cook such food for the whole night because they wanted to finish such work at that same night so that they could have time for watching the dance during the day.
Nevertheless, their pieces of firewood were almost gone when it was still night, and they had not finished the cooking in such night. They set out to collect so much pieces of firewood that they could cook such food all the night long.
The firewood cutters, in fact, went and collect as many pieces of firewood as they could cook overnight and manage to cook all the food. When they saw this, they realized that many pieces of firewood cook food speedily and can be used overnight. That is why they began to invite one another to unite and work as a group work by saying that, Many pieces of firewood light the whole night.
Such a proverb teaches people on how to work in unity for fulfilling well their economic, social, cultural and spiritual activities in their daily lives. It inspires them enough to unite and walk together for working out easily their societal problems in their families.
This proverb is important in the Synodal Process because of imparting ideas on us about walking together in unity with all the members of the church. It instils in bishops, priests, and all Christians teachings on how to be united together as a community of the Body of Christ, in fulfilling their responsibilities. They can do so by walking together and helping one another in all the Synodal Processes, so that they may be successfully in spreading the good news to people whom they live with through their practical daily lives.
It is compared to the Small Christian Community members who pray, and read the Bible in unity by nicely helping each other, in their lives. These people, gather to read the Gospel, and share their ideas for discovering what Jesus tells them in their practical daily lives.
This Sukuma proverb also encourages them to maintain their unity enough to answer the key questions which are needed in the Synodal Process. They can manage doing so by helping one another together because of their mutual understanding, in fulfilling their missionary work which they received through baptism, that is, of spreading the good news to the people whom they live with in their societies.
These people in Small Christian Communities, resemble the many pieces of firewood which were used all night by cooks until they cooked the food that was needed, because they too, have unity of many people who walk together in harmony with the whole church on the way to God until they inherit the heavenly Kingdom. That is why when the time of the gathering approaches, they invite one another to attend the Small Christian Community meetings by saying that, many pieces of firewood light the whole night.
Acts 4:32. “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.”
Galatians 6: 2 -3. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deluding himself.”
1 Corinthians 12:12 – 14. “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part, but many.”
Exodus 18: 25-26. “He picked out able men from all Israel and put them in charge of the people as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. They rendered decisions for the people in all routine cases. The more difficult cases they referred to Moses, but all the lesser cases they settled themselves.”