Christians have been enjoined to shun short cuts, be fair and just in their dealings in whatsoever circumstances they found themselves.
Fr. Val Nzewunwa of Christ the King Catholic Church Oru Ahiara in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA gave the injunction in his homily marking thanksgiving mass in the parish.
Preaching on the theme: “The Household Enemies,” he stressed need for children of God to strive in righteousness not withstanding life challenges, especially those posed by neighbourhood adversaries.
He urged them not to succumb to trials and tribulations, assuring that in weakness, “God’s Grace is sufficient and that His Power is made perfect” (Corinthians 12:9 )
Fr. Val remarked with displeasure that “A Prophet is not without Honour except in his own country and among his own kin, and in his own house” (Mark 6:4) but encouraged Christians not to be deterred from doing good, urging those in diaspora not to be scared of coming home to invest and foster development and well being of their people.
The clergy charged God’s children not to allow enemies to hold them down but eschew fear and be steadfast in faith to remain triumphant over the evil one and his cohorts.
Also, Christians have been enjoined to be patient and steadfast in faith at all times for God’s will to prevail in life. Fr. Damian Emekwuru of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Eziama Oparanadim Ekwerazu in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA gave the injunction in his homily marking thanksgiving mass in the parish.
He cautioned Christians against living in the flesh and urged them to live life that glorify God to remain in his favour and attract divine blessings.
Fr. Emekwuru regretted that some Christians are quick to rebel against God on slight trials and tribulations like the Israelites who were impatient in the desert and turned away from the God Almighty who freed and led them out of Egypt safely through Moses and Aaron (Exodus 16:2-4).
The clergy warned against idolatry, immorality, greed, avarice, corruption, inordinate quest for wealth and worldly materials, stressing the need for men to be contented with God’s providence and work hard to realize lofty goals without indulging in crimes and evil deeds.
He attributed the increase in crime and other global security threats – armed robbery, kidnapping, killings, bombings and terrorism to insatiability of man and underscored the essence of mankind forsaking evil ways and turn back to God in prayer and faithfulness for a peaceful world order.