By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Archbishop of Ibadan Catholic Archdiocese, Most Reverend Gabriel Leke Abegunrin on Sunday asked Christians in Nigeria to be open to the Holy spirit by renewing their commitment to prayers and be more focus in their Christian duties, despite the Coronavirus scare.
In his Palm Sunday message at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Oke-Padre, Ibadan streamed on the Social media for the church members to watch, Most Reverend Abegunrin said Christians should not allow the spread of the deadly disease to weight them down or affect their trust in God.
“Let us be open to the Holy Spirit that He may lead us out of this darkness into the light of Christ, our Lord and Master. Jesus is asking us in this difficult time as He asked Peter, do you love me? Do we love Him even as we stay at home?Has the Covid-19 situation affected our faith negatively or positively,” he said.
The Archbishop of Ibadan Catholic Arcgdiocese added,, “are we doing more for Him in prayers, patience, perseverance, charity to the poor, being kind in deeds and words and in witnessing to what we are celebrating in good and firm faith?”
While tasking the believers to be more focused in their Christian duties and renew their commitment to prayers, almsgiving and forgiveness of people offences, Most Reverend Abegunrin said, “let us be open to the Holy Spirit that He may lead us out of this darkness into the light of Christ, our Lord and Master.”
The Archbishop prayed that the “suffering, death and resurrection of Christ would heal and cleanse the world of her present evil and those to come” adding that the faithful’s stay at home in line with the direction of government and health practitioners would bring about their safety and deeper relationship.
On the importance of Palm Sunday, Most Reverend Abegunrin disclosed that the marked “the beginning of the most important week of the year which is the Holy Week”., saying, “today, we remember as we celebrate Jesus’Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem- The humble king.”
“Though, Palm Sunday is a celebration that people gather together and take a walk with Jesus to commemorate the Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Even as we don’t have the opportunity to walk as usual today, the memory remains the same and we believe He is still with us. Our salvation is summarised in this Holy Week, that is, His Suffering, Death and Resurrection. Our loud singing Hosanna shows our readiness to witness to Him.”