By Nna Anulumadu
Joy rented the air at Our Lady of Fatima station Azu Ogbunike ( station under Stephens parish Ogbunike) yesterday, Easter Sunday, when the auxillary Bishop of Onitsha His Lordship Most Rev Denis Chidi Isizoh paid a maiden visit to the people of God over there.
The Easter visit attracted large number of faithful who gathered at the station to welcome the prelate.
Bishop Isizoh’s sermon was on the joy of Easter. “Christ the Lord is risen from the dead, Alleluia”. He drew the attention of the congregation to the symbolism of the Easter candle. On it is marked the title to acknowledge Christ as alpha and omega – the beginning and the end; the five scars of the sacred wound of Christ; the year 2021 to remind us that we are living in time. The burning light reminds us that Christ is our light – Lumen Christi! The Bishop invited the People of God to let the light of Christ shine in their lives wherever they find themselves. Imitating what happens to the candle that melts itself to give light, all of us are invited to “dissolve” ourselves by hard work, devotion, extraordinary love, honesty, kindness, etc., to let others see through us the light of Christ in our communities.
On the new Mass centre (station), the Prelate echoed the people’s desire: a high number of Church members, for it is the people who form a church, not the buildings. The Bishop prayed that God might grant this station many people of faith, people of love and a united community, where no person is a spectator, but every person is an active participant in the work of evangelization.
He further commended the parish priest Fr Augustine Ezeanya for his doggedness in spreading the gospel to the door steps of the faithful through creation of stations, nicknaming him Osuofia Jesus.
The parish priest Fr Augustine Ezeanya in his remarks poured encomiums on Bishop Isizoh, describing his visit as huge blessing to the Catholic community. He also praisd the prelate for his grassroot evangelization through which gospel is being propagated to the nooks and crannies of our society.