By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The parish priest of St Patrick’s Parish, Adazi-Enu, Rev Fr Emma Achuke, has admonished the wealthy against placing their hearts on their riches and against worshipping their wealth as god, lest they become slaves to wealth and lose the kingdom of heaven in the end.
Rev Fr Achuke gave the admonition in his homily of the concelebrated Thanksgiving Mass at St Dominic’s Catholic Church, Adazi-Enu, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, last Sunday, October 10.
It was on the occasion of a grand reception in honour of Rev Fr Patrick Kenechukwu Adisionu, CMF; and Rev Fr Ekene Oliver Ezedigwe, the 25th and the 26th indigenous Catholic priests of Adazi-Enu, and for two indigenous reverend sisters of the town, Sr Mary Josephine Ojukwu, DDL and Sr Joycelyn Marriette Ezeugo, DMMM, who celebrated the twenty-five years Anniversary of their religious profession.
Basing his reflections on the gospel of the Sunday, the Catholic priest advised all to make good use of their wealth in service to God and humanity in order to gain eternal happiness in heaven after their sojourn on earth.
Pointing out that every individual created by God was a candidate for heaven, Fr Achuke, who listed the wealthy Kings and the poor individuals, who, he said, became saints after their sojourn on earth, urged all to make heaven while on earth.
He enjoined the new priests to model their lives after Jesus Christ whom they represented, not to take the Holy Eucharistic for granted, and at all times to celebrate the Holy Mass while they were in a state of grace with God.
‘Do not take any of your priestly roles for granted. Celebrate the Holy Mass and carry out all your priestly duties with the liturgical books meant for each of them.
Get prepared for the Holy Mass before time and your homily ahead of them, and ensure that you understand what you preached to the people of God,’ Fr Achuke, who recently turned twenty-five years a Catholic priest, advised the new priests.
Citing the gospel of Luke 10:9-10, Fr Achuke noted that a priest ought to focus on his priestly duties, and not to be after wealth. The homilist, advised the newly priests to beware of what he said were the antics of fraudsters, and not to compete with people of the world over cars and clothes.