Clergy Preaches Love And Care For Widows, Needy
The parish priest of Holy Family Catholic Church, life camp, Reverend father Anthony Olaniyon, says the whole teaching of the Church can be summarized into one word, LOVE.
Reverend Olaniyon in his homily noted that the entire scripture found its origin, purpose, meaning and significance in the love of God and neighbour. The reason why this is so is because the origin, the mission, the fulfillment, the happiness and salvation of humanity is love.
Reading from the book of Exodus 22:22-26 and Matthew 22:34-40
“Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.
“If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it by sunset”
“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “
‘’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” he qouted.
Father Olaniyon who said the criteria for judgment on the last day was based on love, that the duty of love was twofold, namely, love of God and love of neighbour.
“If this is the case, then, love is our salvation, the scripture tells us that where love is found, there God is found because God is love ,Since God is love, our origin therefore is love, the new commandment is love, then, our mission is love. In the love of God and neighbour, we find fulfillment and happiness.”
“A life of meditation and recollection is very important, the more we are recollected, the more we are capable of loving God and our neighbor.
He prayed for the souls of those who lost their life during the protest and ask God for peace in Nigeria