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CHRISTIANS URGED TO BE PATIENT IN THE MIDST OF TEMPTATIONS AND EVIL
Aug 14, 2020








LAGOS -

Rev. Fr. Francis Ike, Dean of Satellite Deanery, Lagos Archdiocese, in his admonishment, maintained that living a good Christian life, amidst the

vices and challenges of earthly temptations require patience and emulating

other virtues of God. He made the remarks in his homily during the

celebration of the Mass for the 16th Sunday of the Church Year, 2020; at

the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos.


Speaking on the theme *His Patience is Great* Fr. Ike used the Gospel

reading of the parable of the Wheat and the weed, to emphasize the need for

patience for Christians to live a meaningful life in a world full of evil

and vices. He declared: “The readings of today call us to a deeper

reflection upon our attitude in the midst of evil and wickedness. The Lord

invites us to be like Him, he wants us to be forgiving, merciful and

compassionate like Himself …”

 

Pointing out that the universal mission of Christ is the salvation of all

human beings, irrespective of their spiritual or otherwise status, the

homilist called on the faithful to take advantage of God’s patience as

accentuated by the parable of the Seed and the weed, to change from ways of

sin and frivolities, in order to attain eternal life in heaven. In his

words: “The message of the parable clearly refers to the universal mission

of Jesus to save all men. Just like the church is composed of the good and

the bad, the beautiful and ugly, the slim and fat, the tall and short, the

just and sinners; both will co-exist until harvest time when the Just, the

Just Judge will sit on the judgment throne to separate the good from the

bad; the righteous going to eternal glory and the bad to be eternally

condemned in hell. We are therefore giving opportunity for renewal and

repentance for God is a patient God.”

Fr. Ike reiterated, “Despite our knowledge that good and evil co-exist, our

attitude towards evil should not be that of indifference. The worse sin

towards our brother and sister is not to hate them or to be indifferent to

them. If we passively accept evil or remain indifferent to it, we are

culpable like those who perpetuate it. The Lord is calling us today to do

our best or make effort to stop, remove evil and wickedness in whatever

form and wherever we can. We all have in us the wheat and weed aspect of

our lives. The Holy Spirit comes to help us in our weakness and transforms

our weeds to wheat. We must wake up from our spiritual slumber lest the

devil takes advantage of our weakness.”

 

Noting that the spate of evil in the country is alarming and frightful, Fr.

Ike called on the faithful to remain steadfast and oppose actions and

forces that undermine their faith, belief or religion. Again, he said,

“Apart from the forces of the devil, we have also the forces or power of

the society, that of the physical and social which we live in, within the

power of the society is political power vested on those elected to govern

us. We therefore call on all those in power to do the needful in fighting

evil in our society.”

 

His words: “The incessant killings, rape, kidnapping, cultism, robbery,

assassination, internet fraud, unlawful and unwarranted arrest of innocent

citizens, police brutality, corruption and embezzlement of public fund, to

mention but these few must be checked. These are indices of evil in our

world and we must not fold our arms and watch them consume or choke us. Our

security agents must wake up to their responsibilities.”

 

The homilist also used the occasion to stress the need for communal worship

as a vital means of calling for God’s intervention on the Corona Virus

disease pandemic and urged the Government of Lagos State to lift ban on the

opening of places of worship in the state; stressing that “There is no

justification to open most institutions in the state, while the spiritual

 

institution – our churches remain closed.”

Rev. Fr. Francis Ike, Dean of Satellite Deanery, Lagos Archdiocese, in his admonishment, maintained that living a good Christian life, amidst the

vices and challenges of earthly temptations require patience and emulating

other virtues of God. He made the remarks in his homily during the

celebration of the Mass for the 16th Sunday of the Church Year, 2020; at

the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos.

 

Speaking on the theme *His Patience is Great* Fr. Ike used the Gospel

reading of the parable of the Wheat and the weed, to emphasize the need for

patience for Christians to live a meaningful life in a world full of evil

and vices. He declared: “The readings of today call us to a deeper

reflection upon our attitude in the midst of evil and wickedness. The Lord

invites us to be like Him, he wants us to be forgiving, merciful and

compassionate like Himself …”

 

Pointing out that the universal mission of Christ is the salvation of all

human beings, irrespective of their spiritual or otherwise status, the

homilist called on the faithful to take advantage of God’s patience as

accentuated by the parable of the Seed and the weed, to change from ways of

sin and frivolities, in order to attain eternal life in heaven. In his

words: “The message of the parable clearly refers to the universal mission

of Jesus to save all men. Just like the church is composed of the good and

the bad, the beautiful and ugly, the slim and fat, the tall and short, the

just and sinners; both will co-exist until harvest time when the Just, the

Just Judge will sit on the judgment throne to separate the good from the

bad; the righteous going to eternal glory and the bad to be eternally

condemned in hell. We are therefore giving opportunity for renewal and

repentance for God is a patient God.”

 

 

 

Fr. Ike reiterated, “Despite our knowledge that good and evil co-exist, our

attitude towards evil should not be that of indifference. The worse sin

towards our brother and sister is not to hate them or to be indifferent to

them. If we passively accept evil or remain indifferent to it, we are

culpable like those who perpetuate it. The Lord is calling us today to do

our best or make effort to stop, remove evil and wickedness in whatever

form and wherever we can. We all have in us the wheat and weed aspect of

our lives. The Holy Spirit comes to help us in our weakness and transforms

our weeds to wheat. We must wake up from our spiritual slumber lest the

devil takes advantage of our weakness.”

 

Noting that the spate of evil in the country is alarming and frightful, Fr.

Ike called on the faithful to remain steadfast and oppose actions and

forces that undermine their faith, belief or religion. Again, he said,

“Apart from the forces of the devil, we have also the forces or power of

the society, that of the physical and social which we live in, within the

power of the society is political power vested on those elected to govern

us. We therefore call on all those in power to do the needful in fighting

evil in our society.”

 

His words: “The incessant killings, rape, kidnapping, cultism, robbery,

assassination, internet fraud, unlawful and unwarranted arrest of innocent

citizens, police brutality, corruption and embezzlement of public fund, to

mention but these few must be checked. These are indices of evil in our

world and we must not fold our arms and watch them consume or choke us. Our

security agents must wake up to their responsibilities.”

 

The homilist also used the occasion to stress the need for communal worship

as a vital means of calling for God’s intervention on the Corona Virus

disease pandemic and urged the Government of Lagos State to lift ban on the

opening of places of worship in the state; stressing that “There is no

justification to open most institutions in the state, while the spiritual

institution – our churches remain closed.”

 


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