That the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles marked a watershed in the history of Christendom is no longer a bone of contention. The nagging issue among biblical scholars remains the manner at which the name of the Holy Spirit has been bastardized among Christian adherents.
To this effect, Rev. Fr. Hipolitus Onyema has reminded Christians that the Pentecost experience was a show of love and oneness of God, and not something that should be abused and misused. He warned people of unscrupulous mindset who he said hid under the cloak of religion to desist from misplacing the functions of the Third Person of the Holy Trinity.
The priest who was preaching at St. Michael’s Parish Amakohia Uratta, Owerri North LGA, as parishioners converged to mark this year’s Pentecost Sunday said the God’s oneness and love manifested in the apostles who spoke in one tongue. “That people of diverse culture, tribe and tongue at the time were able to understand the teachings of the apostles was an indication of God’s miracle of a remarkable magnitude,” the priest added.
Fr. Onyema who is the Assistant Parish Priest to Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole observed with gratitude to God that the Pentecost incident was not just the birth of the Church but also a moment of divine empowerment where the apostles and disciples were commissioned for missionary assignments.
Beaming light on the biblical story of Babel, the chief celebrant gave a picture of an impatient people who wanted to attain God’s knowledge, at all cost hence couldn’t escape the ugly sentiments of rancor and acrimony within themselves. “For them to know their human limitation, their inordinate ambition of erecting a skyscraper which would take them to heaven was doomed when they fail to understand each other,” he noted, advising the people to take a cue from the Apostles who waited patiently for God’s appointed time.
Joining at the Mass later was Rev. Fr. Joseph Enyiaka, Rector St. Peter Claver Minor Seminary Okpala. In a remark, the Rector commended the parish priest in absentia, his Assistant and the entire parishioners for their continued show of support and solidarity toward the age-long seminary.
Thanking them for inviting the school for yet another donation, ranging from cash to foodstuffs, the priest who said his joy knew no bounds for the continued humanitarian spirit revealed his intention to return the gesture by bringing his students to the parish for some liturgical exhibitions. He prayed God to bless the parish and its works, stressing that to nurture for the Church holy priests with sound academic background remains the seminary watchword.
Present at the handover gifts included members of the Parish Pastoral Council led by its Chairman, Sir Val Obieze and CWO President, Lolo Roseline Orieji.