LENT: Leave every negative thing – Bishop Etokudoh

LENT: Leave every negative thing – Bishop Etokudoh

The Catholic Bishop of Port Harcourt Diocese, Most Rev. Camillus A. Etokudoh has called on Christians to leave every negative thing and embrace the message of Lent which includes prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
The Bishop stated this in his message to Christians to mark this year’s Lenten season.
He explained that the name Ash Wednesday was derived from ash marked on the foreheads of both the baptized and non-baptized and that the ashes were palms used on Palm Sunday. “The palms were burnt to begin another season of the Church. A period of five weeks and a time to journey with the Lord”, he said.
Bishop Etokudoh reminded Christians that the ash marked on their foreheads were to remind them that they are dust and to dust they shall return.
The Prelate remarked that almsgiving goes beyond sharing of material things. “Nobody is too poor that he could not have something to give”. He recalled the words of Jesus “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers that you do unto me. Remember also the corporal works of mercy”, he said.
On fasting, the Bishop called on Christians not to fast as hypocrites do since fasting was not necessarily abstaining from food but from envy, bitterness of heart, unhealthy competition, bribery, corruption, hatred and other social vices.
Bishop Etokudoh reminded Christians of the need to pray at all times and to wait patiently on God to grant their needs.
“We stand to benefit from the three pillars of lent if we commit ourselves to prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Do the right thing at the right time and do not forget the four last things; death, judgment, heaven or hell”, he said.
“We are to share in the suffering of Christ. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and was tempted by the devil. Moses spent 40 days and nights to receive the Ten Commandments from God, Elijah was persecuted and he spent 40 days to walk to the mountain etc. 40 is significant in our Christian faith”.

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