Archbishop Okeke harps on justice and charity

December 24th, 2018

OJO ISAAC writes that the Archbishop of Onitsha Catholic Dio­cese, His Grace, Most Rev Valerian Okeke has made a strong ap­peal to all Nigerians irrespective of reli­gious denomination and other affiliations to embrace charity and justice.

Archbishop Okeke made this appeal at Archbishop’s House Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha Anambra state while delivering his 2018 Christmas message.

The prelate who relied heavily on passages from Zachariah and Zephaniah said the messages in the scripture is still very ap­plicable to humanity to­day particularly at a time when the birth of Jesus Christ is being celebrated.

He said justice when fully practiced would ensure that people easily get what be­long to them while charity ensures that people get what they are not qualified to have.

Archbishop Okeke said the scripture has always empha­sized on justice and charity which according to him is the reason it is stipulated that the downtrodden and the poor individuals in the society are given a helping hand by the affluent ones.

He said that empower­ing the poor in the society would go a long way to give them a sense of belonging and that they are still rel­evant irrespective of their socio-economic condi­tions but warned that ne­glecting the downtrodden would only be an invita­tion to the wrath of God who actually stipulated assistance for the poor.

The prelate opined that justice include telling the truth at all times, protec­tion of the poor and not blocking people from get­ting what is due them.

“Telling lies has the ten­dencies to cause confusion in the society while grab­bing what does not be­long to one can only lead to violence, charity goes with saying the truth at all times and protection of the poor in line with scrip­tural injunction.” He noted.

Archbishop Okeke pointed out that a whole lot vices that has bedev­illed the society would be a thing of the past if justice and charity is em­braced by all and sundry.

He also used the occa­sion to pray for peace, stability and progress of Nigeria and Nigerians.

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