. . . Charges Christians to be Partakers of Heaven
By Chioma Ndife
The Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye, has charged Christians to strive to be partakers of the heavenly abode which Christ has prepared for his faithful at the end of their earthly sojourn.
He gave the charge recently while speaking on the beauty of heavenly abode at the blessing and house warming of Umeozor's Residential Apartment, Phase II, Ngozika Estate, Awka, Anambra State.
The Catholic prelate beckoned on people to deepen their yearnings, interest and quest towards making heaven, saying that such should be everybody's number one priority. He stressed the importance of making effective use of one's earthy resources to add value to society in a bid to better the lives of others, noting that doing so amounted to building a house for oneself in heaven.
Bishop Okoye urged Umeozor's family members to, among other virtues, beautify their lives like the newly built house which he described as beautiful in order to attain heaven at the end of their earthly journey.
He said that adding value to human lives through the use of earthly resources was the fastest means of making heaven, and tasked people to desist from seeking their own comfort alone but to think of the difficulties of people around them. He called on people to put God first in all they do, noting that God had never disappointed such people.
Earlier in his homily, Bishop Okoye regretted the lack of trust which people had been demonstrating in their dealings with God and wondered why people still offer blood sacrifices when Christ had made the ultimate sacrifice for the salvation of all souls. He emphasized the need for people to discover the purpose of their creation and work diligently towards achieving the purpose which God created them for.
Speaking after the house blessing, the Chaplain of Sacred Heart Chaplaincy, Ngozika Estate, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Okafor, appreciated Bishop Okoye for bringing to mind the beauty of heavenly abode, saying that it would help people to make better preparation for their afterlife.
Also speaking, the house owner, Dr. Uchenna Umeozor, expressed his profound thanks to God for providing the resources used in the execution of the house project and Bishop Okoye for bringing God's blessings upon the house. He identified the gift of life as the greatest of all gifts which God had decorated him with and noted that human life should not be played with.
Dr. Umeozor who is a U.S.-based Medical practitioner, recounted the countless moments he had witnessed in his profession as a medical doctor where people gave up all their earthly possessions just to be alive and regretted that no amount of wealth could give life at such point.
He acknowledged that it was important for people to touch others with whatever wealth God had blessed them with and appreciated all that joined his family in the celebration and prayed God to bless them with abundant life.
The house warming attracted numerous friends and well-wishers of the Umeozor family.