Be Rich in Things of God – Archbishop Okeke Enjoins Christians

…Visits Blessed Iwene Tansi Parish

By Sunny A Ijomah

The Chief Shepherd of Onitsha Archdiocese, Most Rev. Valerian M. Okeke, last Sunday called on Christians to always aspire to be rich in the things of God.

The prelate made the call while delivering a homily during his pastoral visit to Blessed Iwene Tansi Parish, Awada in Onitsha.

According to him, earthly things, including wealth, were transitory in nature except God who, he said, did not change.

His words: ‘Don’t hold tenaciously to material things; shun greed, excessive and selfish desire for material things. Don’t lie, kill or commit evil in order to make money, and don’t put all your mind and heart on earthly things because they are transient.

‘If you are blessed with riches and wealth, distribute because you are only a steward and by so doing, you are becoming rich in God and such richness lasts forever and takes us to heaven.’

The Archbishop, while addressing the parishioners shortly after the Mass, commended the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Augustine Oburota, for his developmental strides and achievements in the parish.

The prelate also appreciated the parishioners for what he described as their sincere commitment and support to the development of the parish.

Fr. Oburota in his remarks poured accolades on Archbishop Okeke for paying them a visit, describing him as a loving shepherd who cared a lot about his flock.

The Parish Council Vice Chairman, Comrade Aloy Attah; Parish CMO Chairman, Sylvester Nkwachukwu; and Parish CWO President, Mrs. Fustina Mary Ekoh, in their similar remarks expressed joy over the event, stating they had been spiritually energised and encouraged.

Other parishioners, including Prince Charles Ikegwuonu, Ernest Aninweze (Parish Laity Council Chairman), Amaefuna Chikezie, Monday Daniel Anigo, Chief Ifeanyi Ezeudoka, Dinejesi Timothy Ifesinachi and Jeremiah Aniagboso, in their separate contributions, saw the visit as a huge success.

They also described their Parish Priest as a humble, dynamic and ebullient pastor who was currently transforming their parish and adequately taking care of them as a loving father.

Earlier in the Mass, 482 candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation.