…Priest warns against omitting divine invitation
Christ faithful who gathered at the newly elevated St. George’s Catholic Parish Orogwe, Owerri West LGA were full of praises and thanksgiving to God when 11 of their kinsmen and women received the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, July 21.
The newly wedded couples are: Mr. & Mrs. John Chibigam, Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Akolokwu, Mr. & Mrs. Innocent Egbunine, Mr. & Mrs. Hilary Igbara, Mr. & Mrs. Cyriacus Onah, Mr. & Mrs. Emmanuel Onyigbue, Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Duru, Mr. & Mrs. Luke Umanze, Mr. & Mrs. Chrisantus Udochukwu, Mr. & Mrs. Kieran Eze and Mr. & Mrs. Magnus Nwaotu.
Introducing the Mass, the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Boniface Iwu who presided and received the marriage vows expressed gratitude to God for the event which he called the parish maiden edition. The parish priest who was assisted at the Mass by Rev. Fr. Modestus Ogazi and Rev. Deacon Justin Opara congratulated the couples for their willingness to commit their marital life to God.
Preaching at the Mass, Fr. Ogazi pointed out the need for married couples to anchor their relationship on God, adding that such disposition remains the cornerstone upon which families surmount various life challenges inherent to human nature.
The priest who pastors at St. Mary’s Azaraubo Emekuku while reflecting on the day’s gospel passage where the presence of Christ and his mother Mary at the wedding feast at Cana became a historical watershed frowned at the conduct of those he said preoccupied themselves in wedding preparation without even making room for God.
Looking straight at each of the couples, Fr. Ogazi appreciated their gorgeous appearance and at the same time confided that “Well-tailored suits and wedding gowns are not enough to make a good married life. Do you’ve arrangement for God to continue to lead you even after here?” he asked.
This he insisted must not be neglected; stressing that marital life could be likened to the inseparable life of the bee and honey where the sweetness of the honey and sting of the bee remain necessary features of day-to-day marital life.
But consoled by the gospel wedding experience, the preacher reminded the newly wedded couples that there would be light at the end of the tunnel only if they would put their trust in God. He said “just as Christ rescued the situation at Cana with the miracle of wine he will do same to your married life only if you allow him to take his proper position in your home.”
The event which continued at the reception ground where the couples cut their wedding cake had also appreciation timeout shortly before the end of the Mass. Speaker after speaker took turn to thank their parish priest, sponsors and othoers who joined in making the event a success.