Don’t cheat God, priest tells Married couples …As 15 wed at St. Mary’s Obibizena
Married couples have been warned not to cheat God by being inactive or avoiding the activities and programs of the Church
The warning was given recently at St Mary’s Catholic Parish Obibiezena in Owerri west LGA Imo State Saturday 24 September 2016 when members of the parish rolled out the red carpet for 15 couples who exchanged marital vows.
The Holy Mass was concelebrated by the parish priest Very Rev Fr Sebastian O. Igbokwe who is also the Episcopal vicar for Obibiezena zone II, with the associate parish priest Rev Fr Emmanuel Unachukwu.
In his opening remark Fr Igbokwe explained that it is very remarkable and reasonable to invite God into the union, because though marriage may start sweet, there are bound to be moments of regrets God will surely sustain couples who put him at the centre of their union, he assured.
Delivering the homily, Fr Unachukwu stated that salvation has come to their households. He expressed joy that these couples who are now receiving the sacrament of Holy Matrimony and the Eucharist have finally become full members of the church and no longer passive members.
The clergyman advised the couples to always have time for their children while regretting that most parents have nothing to offer to their children both spiritually and morally, as a result of their inordinate pursuit of material things. He said that most couples don’t even know how to pray or say the rosary and wondered what children of those parents would become in future.
The homilist, enjoined married couples to be ready to make sacrifices he pointed out that it is the grace from the sacrament of matrimony that will smoothen the rough edges in the characters of one’s partner. It is the will of God that marriage should be heterogeneous between a man and woman in a union which creates conducive environment for the upbringing of their offsprings since man is born helpless he needs the support of the family.
Fr Unachukwu challenged present-day couples to strive to re-enact the brand of faith and love of those early beneficiaries of Holy Matrimony. He recalled that the mode of love then which we tend to celebrate today was characterized by absolute material fidelity, genuine love for one’s partners such that one would not eat without the other. He stated that God from the beginning arranged marriage to be for one man and a woman (monogamy), he stated that marriage is a covenant and indissoluble as a human being has the power to put asunder what God has joined together. He stressed that the woman is not a slave but a help-mate, even as he urged husbands to reciprocate by loving their wives, so that both will merit everlasting life.
The highlights of the occasion included: cutting of the wedding cake by the representatives of the Golden Year of Mercy.
In his vote of thanks Fr Igbokwe thanked God for a successful occasion. He thanked the prominent sons and daughters of the communities as well as the leader newspaper, the choir, Mass servers, Catechist, CWO, CMO, CCRN, the chairman parish pastoral council Mr. Patrick Okoroafor in a special way HRH Eze Oparaochaekwe II of Ulakwo.
Expressing their happiness at the end of the Mass, the couples prayed God to bless Fr Igbokwe for making them wed at no cost.