By Daniel Tyokua
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace, Ignatius Ayua Kaigama, has encouraged Nigerians not to be deterred by the current hardship in the country, but to trust in God.
In his Sunday homily at the All Saints Catholic Parish, Dusten-Alhaji yesterday, he said there was no burden too much for God to bring to an end.
He explained that God has been kind to Nigerians, even as the number of infections and deaths from covid-19 and other ailments are rising, stressing that with concerted efforts and adherence by every Nigerian to the medical and social guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the problems will come to an end.
The Archbishop urged Nigerians not to become “careless, cynical or complacent”, rather “they should have hope that the present situation of things will be changed”.
According to him, “we may be carrying heavy burdens of sin, poverty, hunger, sickness, oppression, persecution, infertility, unemployment, but Jesus can free us from all these burdens.
“For us Catholics, the Holy Mass is the preferred place of encounter with Jesus. We also meet him at Eucharistic adoration and private meditation.
“In the midst of the noise and confusion of our modern world, we must find time and space for silence and meditation”.
According to him, prediction of deaths in Africa would have been in multiples of millions because of the coronavirus pandemic, but all those have been blocked by God Almighty.
He urged people to have the mind of Christ, especially the wealthy individuals in the society, by helping the needy.
“This means being Christ-like and living our life in imitation of Christ; being forgiving, attentive to the poor and needy; loving beyond borders. It means we should develop a relationship with Christ.