Nrobo: St. Paul's Parish receives Christ

By Alphonsus Ogili and Victor Ishiwu

For the Lay Faithful of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Nrobo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, there is no longer the need to sojourn to far places seeking Christ for adoration and worship as the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Prof. Godfrey Igbebuike Onah has on the 29th of June, 2017 installed the Blessed Sacrament in the beautiful but modest chapel of the parish amidst cheers and jubilation by the parishioners and members of the community.

Delivering the homily, Father Bishop was very grateful to God for the gift of Christ who is now present in the Parish in the Holy Eucharist. He stressed on the importance of the Blessed Sacrament in the Catholic Church, maintaining that it is the major reason why priests are ordained and also the source and summit of our Christian lives as Catholics. He urged the brethren to value this special gift and do away with the attitude of seeking quick miracles from God which usually lead them to other Churches, which he noted do not even have the gift of the Blessed Sacrament because they do not have priests.

According to Father Bishop, St. Paul's Parish, Nrobo is truly blessed because it is the will of God that the Blessed Sacrament would be installed in their parish on the day of the solemnity of their patron Saint Ss Peter and Paul. The Bishop intimated that this was the first time such is happening.

The Bishop urged the parish members to emulate the exemplary lives of Ss Peter and Paul, remarking that even though they were not initially righteous before God, they later became great ambassadors of Christ when the Holy Spirit fell upon them. However, he strongly warned all to beware of the devil that is always on the mission to mislead the Church.

According to him, the devil is always on the move plotting the fall of priests because he knows that without them, there will be no Eucharist. “Our strength is in Christ who is forever present in the Holy Eucharist. When you receive the Holy Eucharist in the rightful condition, Christ will live in you and work with you. Therefore, wherever you see the Blessed Sacrament, know it now that Christ dwells there,” Bishop Onah added.

He rhetorically asked the people of Nrobo how they would abandon Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament where Christ is truly present and go to "desert." "If John the Baptist had what we have today in the Holy Eucharist, he would not have chosen to be in the desert. What do you think you can tell God in the desert where snakes and scorpions live that he will listen to you more than what you can tell him in this chapel in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament? All those going to the desert should know what they are living behind," he said. He said that a good journey to the desert would start from the Chapel, with the Lord and after the journey end with the Lord in the Chapel.

Bishop Onah warned the congregation about their steady quest for signs and wonders, encouraging them to rather seek the type of miracles that God performed in the lives of Sts. Peter and Paul – conversion.

The happiness written in the face of the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Brendan Agbana was a very clear indication that the installation programme by the Bishop, who was on his first pastoral visit to the parish, was a day they had been waiting for. Also, some of the parishioners who spoke with our reporters expressed their utmost gratitude to the Father Bishop for making out time for the programme, thanking God for a dream come true.

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