The likes of Judas Iscariot in the present day Christendom have been warned to desist from misappropriating public fund and money entrusted into their care, or be prepared to face the wrathful consequences from God.
The stern warning was given by the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. C.C. Okorocha Ph.D, while preaching during the special service held recently at theCathedralChurchof the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, to mark the Diocesan Harvest and the Annual Palm Sunday Pilgrimage to the Cathedral by the Anglican faithful in the Diocese of Owerri.
Bishop Okorocha, in giving this warning, referred to a portion of the Bible credited to Judas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ, to the effect that the costly perfume which Mary had poured on the head of Jesus Christ as a memoriam, was a waste and should rather have been sold and its proceeds used to help the poor.
He argued that Judas did not say so because he loved the poor but that he wanted to have money to steal or embezzle, as has unfortunately been the case in our time, where many public officers entrusted with public fund (including huge sums of money set aside for payment of pension and gratuities to retirees) are misappropriated or embezzled by those who are asked to look after such fund.
In his homily which he captioned: “Behind the Headlines of Palm Sunday,” Bishop Okorocha described the perfume flagrance which Mary had used to anoint Jesus as a thing of beauty and a historical event, that would continue to be remembered or mentioned anytime the gospel is preached, stressing that no sacrifice shall ever be greater than that made by the Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind.
According to the Prelate, whatever you do that is devoid of integrity is useless, and remains ephemeral.
He lauded all those who have continued to commit their resources, either in cash, materials, or time, towards the completion of the Cathedral Building, and urged them not to relent as God, he assured, would also continue to bless them and their families in many respects and from generation to generation.
The Bishop also used the occasion to thank the Sir Levi Oguike-led committee, for putting things together for the success of the Diocesan Harvest and the Palm Sunday Pilgrimage within the short space of time at their disposal.
The first lesson at the service, drawn from the book of Haggai 21’9, was read by Chief Dr E.C. Iwuanyanwu KSC, who has remained a major contributor towards the erection of the Cathedral building, while Dr (Lady) Uche Onuzo, Medical Director of Life Spring Hospital, Owerri, took the second lesson from Luke 19:29-40.
v Highlights of the special service were launching for fund, to raise about N 100,000,000 needed for the completion of the Cathedral building, harvesting of fish from the Episcopal fish pond, and the melodious renditions by the Sir Sam Ojukwu-led Cathedral Choir, and the VOX Anglicana from St. Michael and All Angels Church, New Owerri, conducted by Rev, Emmanuel Okoroafor, a curate in that church.