By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
As the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic continues, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has called on parishes to map out modalities to support the feeding of poor members of their parishes.
Bishop Ezeokafor made the call in his homily of Holy Mass that was streamed live on ABS Radio to mark the 2020 Palm Sunday, on April 5.
He noted that food was one of the major necessities every individual needed to function well.
The bishop, who recalled the labourers and others he saw at a village market junction in search of jobs to cater for their daily feeding, said there was need to plan for the feeding of such people and others who relied on daily jobs to survive.
He urged parish priests to work out modalities for the feeding of the poor in their parishes, even as he urged the government to make plans for the welfare of the masses, who, he said, were mostly affected by the coronavirus lockdown.
The bishop, who averred that charity covered a multitude of sins, urged the wealthy to donate in support of the feeding of the poor through their various parish priests.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who based his reflections on the readings of the the Palm Sunday, charged all Christians to live a life of holiness.
Basing his reflections further in I Peter Chapter 1, the Catholic bisbop urged the faithful to, like Christ who accepted his suffering for the sake of humanity, accept their difficult situations, and strive for brotherly love.
The Catholic prelate, who maintained that the coronavirus pandemic was real, urged all to keep the laws mapped out by the government at all levels, so as to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
Pointing out that God helped those who helped themselves, Bishop Ezeokafor enjoined all to, in line with the government's directives, maintain social distancing, wash their hands regularly with soap and running water, sanitise their hands with alcohol based hand sanitisers, avoid touching their faces with dirty hands and stay at home so as to stay safe.
The bishop's in-house Eucharistic celebration, took place at the Holy Family Spiritual Year Seminary Chapel, Nodu-Okpuno, Awka South LGA, Anambra State. It was streamed live on ABS Radio stations and on Facebook.