Despite several problems being encountered by Nigeria as a nation, the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Femi Ajakaye has encouraged all to keep hope alive in Jesus Christ, who the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Bishop Ajakeye stated this in his homily of the 19th Sunday in the Ordinary Time, with the theme, ‘Christ Our Viaticum, Food For Our Journey’ stressing that, “We are to keep learning Christ and continue to maintaining living our knowledge of him within and outside our environments – Family, Church, Workplace, School, Playing Field, Politics. From all our terrors the Lord is prepared to set us free. Thus, we need to always seek refuge in him and have total, complete, confidence in him.”
The Bishop said rather than murmuring like the Jews did at Jesus, “let us resolve to commend our worries, troubles, sorrows, and even our happiness, into Christ’s hands in the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist (the Mass) daily where Christ feeds us with himself for spiritual strength in our journeys. In Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God is ALWAYS with us.”
He said we should learn to give thanks to God in Christ (even if it is brief) in the Tabernacle after the Mass, instead of rushing out of the Church immediately after the Mass. “This is showing our gratitude to Christ after the Spiritual Meal. Let us also cultivate the habit of perpetual adoration of Jesus Christ in the Tabernacle.”