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GOD IS LOVE: THE MYSTERY OF “THREEFOLD” GOD

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Pastor's Corner with Fr. MarkThe Christian doctrine says that God is one in three Persons.  This is the greatest and for our reasons the darkest mystery of faith.  The “sign of the Cross” already from baptism brings the believer under the shadow of the “threefold” God.  The Christian faith is principally opening oneself to receiving what comes from that God “who, in His essence, is love and surrender”.  “In His essence” He is an exhaustible relational process of reciprocal self-surrender between Father, Son and Spirit.  This implies a unity of love which binds infinitely bringing giving and receiving into accord effecting their overflow infinitely into creation.  Daily we carry this along: We know that as God’s children, we are oriented to the Son, whose sonship we share, in whose Spirit we pray to the Father, whose Spirit enlightens us and leads on the way of discipleship of the Son to the Father.  But when we think of God as He is in Himself as the “threefold” One, then we would rather stay silent.  Most Christians somehow accept it as a mystery over our heads which is better left for theologians.

 

THE MYSTERY OF LOVE

But there is no truth of faith that is darker for the simple believer.  Every mystery of faith revealed to us, says something important and substantial about God and us.  A French proverb says: “Mystery is not a wall but a sea”.  It is a sea which we should swim without hitting a boundary.

That God is one in three Persons does not only mean something like a supra human, supra reason characteristic which we can by faith accept.  It means more the same as what John says “God is love” (1 Jn 4:16).  To love belongs an “I” and a “You”.  An “I” which says “You” and “You” which reflects this Word of love.  A lonely, isolated Person who can say only “I”, has no possibility to love.  We also speak of “Self love” but it is the presumption to overcome “I” in order to turn to another, to be able to donate oneself.  In saying “You” the “I” is fulfilled in love.  Rarely however does love between humans happen in full selflessness and clearness.  Yet the desire for it lives in every person.  What we know as desire, and partly as reality and experience is fulfilled in God: “God is love”.  If there were not in God more Persons who love each mutually and who are one in their love then the saying ‘God is love’ is not possible.  It would be meaningless.

 

IMAGE OF THE THREEFOLD GOD

God is fullness in Himself.  The reality of love must be an unending fullness in God.  Everything which may be called “love” in creation can only be a weak reflection of God’s love.

Is it not heart-warming to know that God is love?  Does the image of a lonely divine “I” for which there is no “You”, for which there is no interaction, not make our hearts cold?  How can man, the being of love be image of this God?

Does revelation not say that we are created in the “image and likeness” of God?  What does this mean?  (If not) that we have understanding and free will?  (If not) that as God’s representatives on earth we should rule over other creatures.  In the light of Christian revelation we recognize even more that the human person in his orientation to another person, to a loved and loving “You” is the image of God.  And as in God the love of the Father and the Son is fruitful in a Third-Holy Spirit – so can the love between two human beings be fruitful in a third.

 

REASON AND GOAL OF CREATION

Nothing more or deeper can be said about God and man.  God is love and created man to make him partake in everlasting love.  This is the only reason and goal for creation.  God does not need us for His holiness.  But love flows over, wants to share itself, wants to make others holy.  We are because God is love, because the “threefold” God wants to bring us into His eternal life.  The Son revealed this to us and opened for us the way.  The Spirit as the love of the Father and the Son is poured out into our hearts (Rom 5:5).  We need only to give ourselves over to their movement, to their flow in order to find God: already now in us in the darkness of faith; finally and fully in the light of eternal happiness.

God bless You!

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USAID begins Covid-19 testing in Imo rural areas

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USAID averts 25,000 unwanted pregnancies in Ebonyi, Kogi

…Umuagwo Varsity of Agric kicks-off October

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun Covid-19 testing in the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State, “in a bid to reduce the impact of community spread of the virus in the rural areas of the state.

The Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba disclosed this in Owerri while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Weekly Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma on Wednesday.

Chief Emelumba said so far, the USAID officials have carried out reasonable number of testing in Njaba LGA and reported that all those tested came out negative and that the council prayed that the result from other Local Government Areas will be the same.

He announced that the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the take off of the Imo State University for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Umuagwo in October this year.

According to him, the approval underscores the efforts which the Imo State Government ably led by Governor Hope Uzodinma has made towards the establishment of a second university for the state.

Recently, the NUC panel was in Imo State to carry out the necessary verification exercises on the state facilities, human and physical infrastructures.

Mr. Declan Emelumba, who was flanked by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, Commissioner for Health Dr. Damaris Osunkwo and the Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, informed that the Executive Council is happy that something new is happening in the Education Sector of the State.

Emelumba said that the Imo State University of Science and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo will take off by October when other universities would be resuming for a new academic session.

In the same vein, the Council has approved the immediate relocation of Faculty of Engineering Imo State University Owerri to its permanent site at Okigwe, stressing that Government has put all processes and facilities on ground to ensure the immediate take–off of the faculty.

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

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Imo Governor’s aide visits Oziza FM  Staff, Ogechi Iwu in hospital

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku has visited Mr. Ogechi Iwu, a journalist with Osiza FM.

The media man is hospitalized at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri over complications from diabetes that led to his right leg being amputated.

Mr. Nwachuku said the visit was to show solidarity on behalf of Governor Uzodimma to his professional colleague, assuring him of their prayers, particularly that of his principal, and the prayers of Mr. Iwu’s numerous friends and well wishers who are touched by his plight.

“I am here on behalf of my principal to associate with him in this time of health challenge and to encourage him not to see the sickness as a death sentence.”

Oge Iwu at fmc

L-R: Chief Akaraonye, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku with Ogechi Iwu during the visit

Mr. Nwachuku urged Mr. Iwu to continue in the high spirit he saw him and trust God for his total recovery “because healing is a thing of mind and when a sick person is in high spirit the patient gets recovered quickly.”

The spokesman of the Governor promised to bring the plight of the journalist to the attention of his principal, and assured that the Governor will, in his usual manner of one with milk of human sympathy, show concern over Iwu’s plight.

Earlier, Mr. Iwu thanked the CPS/Media Adviser, the State Chairman of NUJ, Imo State, Chief Christopher Akaraonye and other journalists who were on the entourage, for coming to identify with him on his sick bed, and assured that God in his infinite mercy will quicken his recovery.

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

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Bishop Ugorji heads IMSU Governing Council

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has inaugurated a new Governing Council, for the Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri.

At the inauguration ceremony on Monday, August 31, the governor named Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji as the Chairman of the Governing Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University.

Other members of the Council include: Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, Chief Tony Ezenna, Prof. (Ven.) Chinedu Nebo, Sir. Louis Ezeigwe, Chief Engr. Ernest Nwapa, Dr. (Mrs.) Uwandu Uzoma, Ugoeze Victoria Adaku Ekezie, Prof. Adaobi Obasi (Vice Chancellor) and others.

Speaking at the inauguration, Governor Uzodimma said the choice of the members is to infuse fresh air into the university because “It is in dire need to bounce back to reckoning.”
He added that the choice of the members was because they have carved a niche for themselves in their chosen fields of endeavour and that they have earned solid reputation as men and women of substance in their individual trade, indices that qualified them for the appointment.

He challenged the members to bring their reputation to bear on the University, bearing in mind the task for good quality scholarship in Imo State University as well as service to humanity.

The Governor urged the members to deploy their individual accomplishments, excellence, expertise, passion for service as effectively as necessary to actualize the dream of his administration of having a highly reputable University comparable to the best Universities in the World.

He also requested the Council to “restore in words and deeds the motto of Imo State University, which is Excellence in Service”.

“Imo State University currently is a classical example of a failed University,” Governor Uzodimma said but strongly believed that “with a star studded Governing Council such as the one inaugurated there is no doubt that Imo is on the track to realize the dreams of her founding fathers.”

He further enjoined the Council members to quickly hit the ground running and come up with policies and programmes that will reassure Imo people that the University that made them proud 20 years back is on track as he assured them of Government partnership in this regard.

In an acceptance speech, on behalf of the Council, the Chairman, Most Rev. Ugorji who is the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia thanked the Governor for the absolute confidence reposed in them by giving them the assignment and acknowledged that though the task is daunting he has a strong belief that with the calibre of members of the Council and support of the management, staff and students the University will be returned to a centre of excellence which was the dream of the founding fathers.

He said that Imo State University deserves the best and that he and his members as inaugurated will work acidulously to ensure that the target of the governor in making Imo State University one of the best universities in Africa is realised.

He congratulated fellow members and promised that God’s willing, they will not fail the government and people of Imo State.

Present at the inauguration were the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, the Speaker Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, and other members of the expanded State Executive Council.

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