By Chikezie Ogbonna
The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga has urged Catholics to strengthen their faith in God and stand strong in their belief. Reaffirming that God can heal all our infirmities and solve all our problems whether we ask or not.
His Lordship was speaking today, 16th March in His homily as Emene Deanery observed the 2021 Cathedraticum at St. Joseph Parish, Emene.
“Jesus heals all our infirmities and solves all our problems. Even for the ones we ask him and the ones we didn’t ask, he heals and answers all”, his Lordship said.
According to His Lordship, Cathedraticum is a time to support the diocese and not just the Bishop and also a time the diocese expresses her gratitude to those who keeps supporting them.
Making reference to one of the significant bible story about Jesus’ many miracles in the bible, it is recounted in the Gospel of John, where Jesus heals the paralytic at the Bethesda Pool (John 5:2-9). His Lordship noted that the man never saw the miracle coming, but, God saw his need and came to the place of his need.
“God knows our problem and is always willing to come to our aid. Our problem has always been our inability to tell him, and if we tell him, it even makes it better.
“Faith is an essential expression of what we need to possess to see God act for us, let our faith be strong especially now and he will answer”, His Lordship said.
Bishop Onaga further reminded the faithful that the church is a place of supplication where our expression and attitude should depict our unalloyed love for Christ in all forms.
As this year has been earmarked as the year of St. Joseph, Bishop Onaga reminded all that every liturgical celebration should reflect the virtues of St. Joseph in our attitude and dispositions in general. He urged them to draw their program to effectively be part of the year of St. Joseph celebration, especially in a time of this pandemic.
His Lordship further urged the People of Emene to rise beyond the many negative traits that has been associated with them.
It will be recalled that sometime in 2020 there was a clash between members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and security forces, Emene and the wanton destruction of public properties during the End SARS protest same year.
His Lordship urged them to allow the word of God and the spirit of God to rather take a stronger influence in their life to stand against evil and as well speak up against it.
Bishop Onaga also encouraged the faithful to identify with the many organs of the church and implored all to ensure they have a copy of the newly released Lenten pastoral Letter authored by him and titled SPERO IN DEO! (HOPE IN GOD).