We Have Reached The Promised Land”, says homilist.

By Ononye VC
It was a home coming of sorts as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha,Most Rev Valerian Okeke hosted his class mates otherwise known as “Bigard 81 Priests”who converged at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity,Onitsha for a thanksgiving mass to commemorate their 40th priestly anniversary.
The Archbishop was the chief celebrant.He was assisted by the Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha,Most Rev Denis Isizoh and other priests.
Many of the priests who came from far ends of the country arrived the Basilica on the eve of the event where they were treated to a gala night.
Delivering a homily during the thanksgiving mass, Monsignor Vincent De Paul Mba,expressed gratitude to God for their successful journey to their 40th year of priesthood.
According to him, their priesthood was like the journey of the Jews in the desert for which they have reached the Promised Land.
“40 years could be likened to the journey of the Jews in the desert.Now that we have reached the Promised Land,we can fend for ourselves and decide the way to go”.
He recalled that unfortunately,when the lord left the Jews to fend for themselves,they started worshipping other gods.
Monsignor Mba urged the celebrants not to despair or shake in their faith but to stabilise unlike those who started worshipping other gods.
He told his classmates that the greatest thanks they can give to God is to prove that they are still dedicated priests.
He commended their host,Archbishop Valerian Okeke for his generous reception,adding humorously that in spite of his position as an Archbishop,he was still robbing shoulders with them.
Earlier in his remark,Archbishop Valerian Okeke expressed gratitude to God for the gift of priesthood to mere mortals.
He prayed God to collect their individual and collective gratitude and give them more grace to endure and finish the race.
In his closing remarks,the Chancellor of the Archdiocese Very Rev Fr Prudentius Aroh,thanked the priests and all those who made out time to come for the celebration.


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