Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Oyo Diocese has described the Corona Virus scourge as a challenge to the domestic Church to be more resolute and vibrant in the worship of God. The Bishop made the call in his Easter message to the faithful of Oyo Diocese and Nigerians in general. The message was titled: Jesus Saved Us, Let Us Help Others.
According to the bishop, in spite of the restriction of movement as result of the CoronaVirus pandemic, which affects congregational worship in churches; “The basic domestic church which is the family must continue to function”. He said: “So, even at this Easter, the Church thrives and celebrates in family prayer, group prayer and private meditation on the Scripture and works of charity.” He admonished that at the end of the challenges of the CoronaVirus pandemic, this newfound capacity to pray in the families must not be abandoned.
While urging Nigerians not to lose hope, Bishop Badejo stressed that Christians must live holy lives of concrete actions, “because a life of sin is incompatible with the resurrection and with Christ”. He reiterated the need to care for the poor and the needy, pray for the dead from various tragedies and for the sick to find healing. He described Easter Sunday as a day of joy and the day on which Jesus won the victory over sin and death by his resurrection; adding that Jesus obtained his victory through obedience to God, selfless service, humility and love.
Bishop Badejo commended the efforts of the various governments, the Church, philanthropists, medical personnel and other stakeholder groups who have responded positively in various forms to help contain the spread of the CoronaVirus scourge. While noting that helping the needy is an Easter obligation, the bishop said: “Those who love Jesus must always help others, not care for themselves alone”.
In his homily at the Mass of the Chrism, Bishop Badejo told the priests of the diocese: “To qualify to be called servants of God, we must serve in the mould of the one who came to serve not to be served and to give his life as a ransom for many.” He admonished them to move closer to Christ in the difficult events of their daily lives.
Bishop Badejo described the Chrism Mass as a call to renewal of the vows of their priestly vocation adding that they are called to a life of holiness in action. His words: “We are not priests for our own sake, and our sanctification is closely linked to that of our people, our anointing to their anointing.”
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