Good Friday: Cleric tasks Christians on genuine love

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A Catholic cleric, Rev. Father Cyprian Mbamara, on Friday urged Christians to exhibit true love for one another, as exemplified by Jesus on the cross.

Mbamara made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos following a homily to mark the Good Friday celebration

Good Friday is part of activities heralding the celebration of Easter and marks the climax of the sufferings and death of Jesus on the cross.

According to Mbamara, Good Friday is the only day in the Catholic Church when mass is not celebrated, as it typifies a sober mood for all.

He, however, noted that “just as Jesus never allowed himself to be consumed by the grief of his passion on the cross, so also, Christians must take solace in Jesus’ example”.

“As we venerate the cross on Good Friday, we invite God to continue His life-giving work through us, and we commit ourselves to becoming channels of His love to others

“Our veneration of the cross is our way of expressing our gratitude to the incredible love of God as He gave up His son for the redemption of mankind,” he said

Mbamara noted that God’s love was greater and stronger than any human sin, and urged Christians to imbibe the teachings of Jesus’ passion, to become channels of love to families, friends and society at large.

“By venerating the cross of Jesus, we also promise to respond to His presence in the suffering of those in society, starting from our families, to those in the country at large

“On this Good Friday, as we celebrate the one who suffered and was broken on our behalf, we renew our desire to share in his work of fighting suffering and healing brokeness,” he said

Mbamara called for a renwed commitment to fighting selfishness, greed, tribalism, corruption, insensitivity, bias, hatred, unforgiveness, and segregation in the society.

He noted that “God has placed us at various levels in society, to utilise that as a means to uplifting others and to provide ‘healing’ to those who may require same”.

“Let us, therefore, as Christians, use all that is within our reach, such as wealth, knowledge, gift, status, or position, to ‘fight’ genuinely for a better world,” he said.

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