By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Archbishop of Onitsha Archdiocese, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, has said that covetousness, greed and violence will not help Christians, even as he urged them to practice justice and charity in their day to day dealings.
Archbishop Okeke, who gave the advice in his 2018 Christmas Message at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity said it was through justice and charity that their liberation in the Lord would be assured.
His words, 'This Christmas, as we prepare to reenact the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Lord assures us of his permanence and nearness to us, but we have to prepare.
'We have to be ready to have our judgements against us cancelled for our liberation in the Lord to be assured and insured.
'My Christmas message this year is a strongly appeal to all and sundry to practice justice and charity,' he said.
Okeke, who took bible references from Zephaniah 3:14 and Luke 3:10, added:
'Justice means giving people what is their due. It includes telling the truth, helping the less privileged and not blocking others from obtaining what they need.
'When we speak of charity, we talk of giving people what necessarily is not their due or their right but what they need.
'It is going out of one’s way, depriving oneself of what they own to assist people with what they need.
Okeke, who prayed for leaders to uphold the truth, practice justice and charity, also prayed for peaceful Christmas celebrations across the country.