By Ononye VC
It was a moment of deep reflection and soul searching when the Archbishop of Onitsha,Most Rev Valerian Okeke expressed concern over what he described as “the rising culture of idol worshipping” among some of our new generation Christians which according to him has created a big doubt on the faith and steadfastness of the Christian faithful.
The Archbishop expressed his worries while delivering a homily during a mass to celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Trinity and his Pastoral visit to the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Parish,the seat of the Archbishop.
The Archbishop wondered whether actually, some Christians of today realise or understand the difference between worship of true God and idol such that many of them have been led astray morally and spiritually.
He explained that idol worshipping come in so many ways which entail doing things outside the Lord’s commandment,love for money,fetishness and selfishness.
“Today, the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, God is asking us, are we among the people whom the Trinity God is their God? Let us answer the Most Holy Trinity God today and always that He is our God, that in Him we believe and trust, to do with us whatever He wills. If we reflect well on our lives, we will see the miraculous work of the Trinity God in our lives, showing us that we are the people He has chosen as His own. I thank the Rector and the family of the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Parish, Onitsha with whom I celebrated their feast day today. For those confirmed today, I pray that the Holy Spirit they received bear more fruits and for all of us, may God renew in our lives, the gifts of the Holy Spirit we have received. May the Trinity One God give us the faith, for us to see his miraculous works in our lives through Christ our Lord”.
Elaborating further on the Archbishop’s homily,Chancellor of the Archdiocese Very Rev Fr Dr Prudentius Aroh said that the central focus and message of the Archbishop was to explain the uniqueness of God in the Most Holy Trinity who Christians are bound to adore and worship.
Rector of the Basilica, Very Rev Fr Nwokedi Ezumezu, members of the Parish Council and the entire Basilica family received the Archbishop with joy and gifts.
School children spiced the event with colourful march past and cultural displays.
Special highlight on the ocassion was impartation of the Sacrament of confirmation on over 200 candidates by the Archbishop.