PalmSunday: Catholic Archbishop Calls For Sober Reflection
As part of activities to mark this years Palm Sunday, the catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Bishop Ignatius Kaigama organised a private Mass to commemorate the event.
The Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter.
The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels.
Palm Sunday marks the first day of Holy Week, the last week of the Christian solemn season of Lent that precedes the arrival of Eastertide.
Addressing journalists after celebrating the Palm Sunday Mass, the Bishop expressed optimism that the world will overcome the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.
He urged Nigerians to key into the holy week mood through prayers and sober reflection saying,
” This is a time to be sober in prayers and supplication. A time to be in sober mood. It is a time where people cannot move about freely due of the stay at home order.
“Being patriotic citizens, we must comply with the stay at home order. We have some Christians who say, who is the government to tell us to stay at home.
“For God sake, we should apply reason to faith. If there is danger of a pandemic, that will wipe away all our people and we insists we must gather because God is greater than government, then we are not obeying even the scriptures because we are told to obey the constituted civil authorities.
“I beg Nigerians to realise that this is a passing moment. This is a crises that will definitely pass. We can see the aggression the federal government and global communities are trying to tackle it. I am sure we shall overcome.
“I urged the catholic faithful to be at peace, whether you come to church or not, the important thing is to pray. The important thing is have a spiritual communion with God.
“Use your time creatively not quarralling and feeling bored or fighting with the family. Use the time very well by praying and doing good work”.
While stressing that the covid-19 pandemic has reduced humanity to the same level, the archbishop added that
it had forced humanity to see everyone as equal and helpless without God, the creator.
“The pandemic has taught us that we must come together to conquer the ills of the society.“All nations, big or small, developed and undeveloped, poor and rich, have seen that technology cannot do much.
“Everyone is running from pillar to post in search of safety.
“Clearly, it is a new beginning for humanity. It means we must return to the golden rule of love and respect for one another. Above all, it has shown that God is on the throne and all must return to him”, he said.
He further called on the media to collaborate with the church through service as a way to help the pastoral ministry.