Cleric en­joins Chris­tians to em­u­late Christ’s love for hu­man­ity

Daily Trust - - STRANGE STORIES - By Richard P. Ng­bokai

A catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ed­ward Mugieh, has en­joined Chris­tians to em­u­late Je­sus Christ by show­ing love and com­pas­sion to one another as ex­em­pli­fied in the story of the good Sa­mar­i­tan.

The cleric who made the call, yes­ter­day, in a ser­mon at the Holy Fam­ily Catholic Church, Life Camp, Abuja, said that love for one’s neigh­bour was the cen­tral­ity of Chris­tian faith, de­scrib­ing wor­ship­ping as mean­ing­less with­out love for one’s neigh­bours.

The priest, who read from the gospel of Luke 10:25-37, called on the faith­ful to ex­tend their acts of love and com­pas­sion to their neigh­bours and all mem­bers of the so­ci­ety, ir­re­spec­tive of re­li­gious in­cli­na­tions as Christ died for the whole hu­man­ity.

He en­cour­aged them to be re­spon­sive to the needs of the less priv­i­leged mem­bers of the so­ci­ety.

“We have to be good Sa­mar­i­tan to one another. We should be­come in­volved in the lives of one another. If God blesses you with some­thing, it be­longs to your neigh­bours as well.

“If a Jew, Mus­lim or an athe­ist truly loves his neigh­bour and is will­ing to risk so much for his neigh­bour’s well­be­ing, he loves Christ with­out nec­es­sar­ily know­ing it. He will recog­nise Christ in the end as the fa­mil­iar face he loved in his neigh­bour whose ori­gin and iden­tity is found in the per­son of Christ,” he said.

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