The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama has described the challenges of the Corona Virus pandemic as a providential occurrence that would enhance our trust in God and rely on him more than before. He therefore called on the faithful to open their hearts to God and remain steadfast in their faith.
Archbishop Kaigama in his homily at the celebration of the Palm Sunday Mass, at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Garki, Abuja; made the remark as a result of the aftermath of the Corona Virus pandemic which, in consonance with the Federal Government lockdown order prevented the faithful from physically attending the celebration of the Palm Sunday Mass.
The Archbishop noted that in spite of the faithful not being physically present in the Church; “The power of the Eucharist we offer here now is so strong that it can transcend mountains, valleys, rivers, forest and penetrate the innermost part of our homes, even if your homes are surrounded by high or low fences. Just open your heart and keep trusting in the Lord. Nothing should separate you from the love of God.”
Urging the faithful to be in communion spiritually in prayer and actions declared: “If before we serve God partially, haphazardly, indifferently, or even in a distracted manner, at this time of being in a sober mood and in the solitude of our homes, we can develop spiritual communion with God. I appeal to you that we continue to do normal things we Catholics are expected to do everyday in a more recollected way….”.
Speaking on the significance of the celebration of Palm Sunday, with particular reference to Jesus Christ riding on a donkey into Jerusalem, Archbishop Kaigama, using the relevant Biblical passage, described the donkey as a symbol of peace. He declared: We are called to global peace and harmony and the need to serve our common humanity positively. Peace is what the world should promote at all times not war.”
On the Corona Virus pandemic which is ravaging the world, the Archbishop of Abuja stressed the need for all to reach out to the needy, the poor and the marginalized, adding that he would also be contributing his own quota by using the money he got during the recent Cathedraticum in the Archdiocese to help alleviate the suffering of the people; instead of the original purpose of using same for the building of the Archdiocesan Cathedral.
Archbishop Kaigama, also used the occasion to appeal to government to ensure that all measures put in place to control the spread of the dreaded disease is not counter-productive in the life of the people as: “Keeping people indoors for too long can have its unpleasant repercussions.”
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