The Catholic Bishop of Oyo diocese, Most Rev. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo has identified: the refusal of humanity to recognize God as the ultimate power, sinful state of humanity, sheer wickedness and depravity, among other vices; as being responsible for the present challenges putting the world in a state of confusion and depravity.
The bishop identified the vices in his homily at the celebration of the Mass for 21st Sunday of the Church year, 2020; held at the Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral, Asogo, Oyo, Oyo State. According to the Bishop, God is the ultimate power and deliverer of mankind, adding that the trying period of the Covid-19 pandemic “persists in compelling us to see the things of heaven more and confirm God as the ultimate deliverer of mankind.
Using the readings of the day to buttress his assertion of God’s absolute power and ability to turn things round when He wishes; while man’s power is veiled in vain glory and power, Bishop Badejo declared: “Indeed, many are the peoples and countries which would pray to God today for such grace from God that he mercifully intervenes and save his people. Nigerians would prominently feature among such people.”
He continued: “But God’s intervention is not only about multitudes of people or nations, it concerns individuals as well. Jesus set a test for his disciples in the Gospel of Matthew. He asked “Who do people say the Son of Man is”? After they had given different responses, he asked them: “But you… who do you say I am?” Simon Peter then spoke for the rest: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:13-20). That intervention made Jesus to give Peter a new name as “the rock” and a new existence as the leader of the Church. “
Bishop Badejo therefore admonished every Christian especially those in positions of authority in politics, society, in the economy and even in the Church to seek such transformation.
His words: We all must constantly interrogate ourselves about who we believe that Jesus is and ask how Jesus sees us. This will help us not to stray by seeing him simply as a money or candy machine which we simply operate in order to receive a favour, a mere personal bodyguard or a hired assassin for eliminating our perceived enemies. We must see Jesus just as the apostle Thomas saw him, when he declared: “My Lord and My God” (Jn. 20:28). Jesus thus becomes truly the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2) whom we imitate at all times. With him, we shall always overcome.”
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