Rev. Fr. Hillary Iheonu, Master Munachisoaga, his parents and others at the occasion.
– As little Culbert is dedicated to God
A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Culbert Chukwudi Okeke has stressed on the importance of good family background in the upbringing of any child.
Fr. Okeke gave this injunction while delivering the homily at a Eucharistic celebration for the child dedication of Master Munachisoaga, son of Comrade & Mrs. Christopher Opara, President General Amakohia Autonomous Community, Owerri North LGA. The event which took place at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Amakohia Uratta coincided with the second anniversary of the couple’s wedding.
The homilist regretted that some parents have missed the foundation of child upbringing and that is why children nowadays have gone astray.
According to him, most parents have abdicated their responsibilities in search of money and other worldly things, saying the rot that is witnessed in youths today is as a result of lack of sound parental upbringing.
Taking his message from the Gospel of St. John 10:11-18, Rev. Fr. Okeke challenged parents to be role models, good leaders and good shepherds as Jesus Christ is, stating that whatever any parent does on this earth will follow him or her. He decried the situation where wickedness, evil and other social vices are rampant in our society today, saying that our leaders, who are supposed to show the right examples have disappointed the people.
He decried the dearth of good leaders, stressing that a good leader is one who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way. “If you don’t know the way, you can’t show the way. Our leaders do not know the way. Leadership is for service. When you are serving, you are in control, but when you are being served, you are under control”, he stated.
Rev. Fr. Okeke appealed to both the faithful and their leaders to use the Good Shepherd Sunday to reappraise their commitment to the service of God, saying that Christ is a good shepherd and is calling on the faithful to follow Him.
He identified four critical groups in any society as: those who make things happen, those who watch while things are happening, those who wonder how things happen and those who hinder what is happening.
Also speaking, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Hillary E. Ihionu challenged the people to be good shepherds in whatever capacity they find themselves.
According to him, every individual is endowed with one gift or another. The Parish Priest urged leaders to use their God-given talents to impact on the lives of people.
Speaking at the reception in their country home, Comrade Christopher Opara expressed gratitude to God for seeing the family through in the past two years of their marriage.
He thanked God for the birth of their first son and thanked all those who joined them in the celebration, which according to him was God’s show of love for his family.