Christian leaders preach peace, love, humility at Easter
Christian leaders in Imo State canvassed closer ties between leaders and the people, just as Jesus Christ preached unity, peace, humility and welfare of the people.
These were the messages Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Chukwuma Opara; Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Dr. Anthony Obinna; and General Overseer of Charismatic Renewal Ministries, Dr. Cosmas Ilechukwu; among others, gave their congregations.
Opara, Obinna, Ilechukwu, and others called on Christians to use the Easter period to reconcile with one another, professing all that brings love, concord, humility, peace, eschewing social vices.
The clerics decried insecurity in the country and sufferings by the citizens. The clerics urged their congregations to have faith that problems, even those that seem insurmountable, would be tackled with constant prayers.
They also condemned banditry, killings, kidnappings, non-payment of workers’ entitlements and other ills, urging the leaders to have a rethink.
Instead of being demoralised, the clerics urged Christians to be strengthened by societal problems.
The Guardian gathered that, unlike last year when the Coronavirus Disease disrupted religious gatherings, there was large turn-out of worshippers at various churches in Owerri metropolis.
ALSO, the Archbishop of Onitsha (Anglican Communion), Valerian Okeke, has urged Nigerians to be their brothers’ keeper as they celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In his Easter message, Okeke said the resurrection gave Christians undying hope that goodness would triumph over evil, light over darkness, truth over falsehood and life over death.
The bishop said: “God asked Cain in Genesis 4:9, ‘where is your brother?’ The reply from Cain was quick and sharp, ‘I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?’ But the Lord did not let him go; rather, he said listen, the sound of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground (for vengeance. Then what followed was a curse on Cain.”
He recalled that Jesus suffered and went to the cross to liberate men from sin and death. “In other words, Jesus died to give us life. He died to be his brothers’ keeper,” he added.
Lamenting the killing going on in the land, Okeke reminded Nigerians the essence of being their brothers’ keeper.
“If you believe that there is only one God who created all human beings, then stop killing others because they are your brothers and sisters. The blood of our brothers and sisters being killed by herdsmen, bandits, Boko Haram and kidnappers are crying to God for vengeance. If we want a glorious future, let us work for it today. If we want a better country, let us be our brothers’ keeper,” he added.
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