By Nna Anulumadu
The archbishop of Onitsha, His Grace, the Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, on Sunday urged the faithful to remain close to Jesus Christ even as we serve Him.The prelate said this while delivering a homily during his pastoral visit to Holy Family Parish, Obosi.According to him, it is not enough to be a Christian without being close to Jesus. He also stressed that as people of God we must always create time for God and at the same time work.He made it clear that it is very wrong to only pray, sleep in churches and attend every crusade and prayer meeting without creating time to work or engage in a meaningful business. On the other hand, he said, it is also not good to only work and do business without praying. In essence, for to us be close to Christ, we must listen to Him as we struggle to serve Him and as well work and pray. “Create time for prayers, say your rosary daily, attend holy Masses frequently, visit the chapel of perpetual adoration, show love to neighbours and strangers, and by doing so you will constantly receive the grace to serve the good Lord better.”The chief shepherd, who was amazed at the speedy development at the parish, commended parish priest Fr Felix Ezeonu for his efforts and sacrifices. He also thanked the parishioners for their faith and generosity towards the development of the parish. Fr Ezeonu in his remarks poured encomiums on the archbishop, describing him as a loving prelate who has been assisting them financially, spiritually and otherwise. He thanked the parishioners for their usual cooperation and support.Mr Hilary Edemba (chairman, parish CMO), Mr Idika Stephen (chairman, Pastoral Visit Committee), Mrs Anthonia (president, parish CWO) and Jude Okafor (secretary, parish council), who spoke to Trinitas, said they were happy to receive the archbishop. They rained accolades on the parish priest, describing him as a hardworking priest who is not relenting in taking their parish to an unprecedented height. Featuring at the event included the commissioning of the new Fathers’ house, chapel and grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary.