The Priest-in-Charge of St John of God Catholic Church, Amrahia, in the Adentan Municipality, Rev. Fr Bernard Kyei, has asked Christians to aspire entering into the kingdom of God and refrain from taking pleasure in things of this world.
He advised that since things of this world were worthless and made up of passing glory, they should work hard like the merchant in the Bible who found a precious pearl and sold all that he had to acquire it.
Delivering his homily on Sunday, he reminded the faithful to keep in mind that life was very short, death was certain after which judgment would come, therefore, they should not postpone anything they would like to do to the next day.
He encouraged parents and guardians to discipline their children, train them in the fear of God, lead exemplary lives since children were fast at imitating parents, adding that they would be answerable to God for the children He had given them.
Fr Bernard Kyei said though the journey in life was tough and demanding, they should endure, wait on the Lord and should not give up till the end.
He said just as gold was tested in a furnace, so would their faith be tested through trials and tribulations, adding that God sent the Israelites into exile in order to discipline them.
“When God is disciplining you, you should not complain and think that He does not love you, but He corrects us for a better and more fulfilling life,” he explained.
He asked them to imitate Christ by following the gospel, remain committed to their belief without looking back, make sacrifices, refrain from judging others, love and should not hold grudge against anyone, be filled with words of peace and blessing.
In a related development, members of St Vincent De Paul Society in the church have donated a wheelchair and fruits to the St John of God Hospital at Amrahia.
Mr Kodzo Vormawor, who made the donation on behalf of the members, said the society saw the need to come to the aid of the hospital with its widow’s mite to support the staff for the invaluable services it continued to render the sick.
Mr Edward Adimazoya, the President of the Parish Pastoral Council and a member of the society, said the gesture was based on the cardinal principles of love and unity on which the church was built, adding that it was a manifestation of real love, because love without action was meaningless.
The in-charge of the hospital, Rev. Brother Nestor Banboye, who received the gifts on behalf of the hospital said he was extremely grateful to the society for the demonstration of love and concern.
He said since one could not tell what would happen the next moment, such acts of charity must be encouraged among the faithful, individuals and corporate organisations.
BY RAYMOND KYEKYE