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2020, Oct 07

The founder of the Lux Terra Leadership Foundation, Rev. Fr. George Ehusani has described practical Christianity as a vital proof of conversion and belief in the teachings of Christ.  Fr. Ehusani made this assertion in his homily at the celebration of the Mass for the 26th Sunday of the Church Year for 2020; at the Foundation’s Church in Apo, Abuja.


Using the readings of the day, especially the Gospel reading on the two sons sent by their father to go and work on his farm; Fr. Ehusani stressed the importance of repentance and total obedience to the will of God as the epitome of true Christianity. He condemned in all ramifications the paying of lip service to our practice of religion, noting this is very common among Christians, especially in our country, Nigeria. According to him, the country is fraught with abysmal social immorality, financial and social corruption and religiosity devoid of sincerity.


According to the Lux Terra Leadership Foundation Chief Executive, practice not words is what counts in true Christianity because “it is practice that determines our identity or status before God, not what we say we are with our lips”. He continued: “Promises can never take the place of performance and fine words can never be substitute to fine deeds.”


Speaking further on the analogy of the two sons in the Gospel reading, Fr. Ehusani stated that though nobody can be a perfect person as Jesus Christ; “the second son is better than the first because he repented and did the father’s will; though, still not the ideal son.” He continued: “The ideal son would be one who accepts at once and goes to carry out his father’s will; like Jesus Christ who in the words of St. Paul “emptied himself and became obedient to the point of death”.


Noting that faith must bear fruit in obedience, Fr. Ehusani used several references in the Bible to emphasize that “to do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord; and what the Lord requires is to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with God. He admonished the faithful to avoid the fruits of self-indulgence which he listed to include: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness and carousing. He enjoined them to embrace the fruits of the spirit of love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, truthfulness, gentleness and self-control; stressing that “Faith without good works is dead.”


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