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Cleric urges divine love as yardstick in relationship

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PARISH Priest, St James’ Catholic Church, Ubulu-Okiti, Issele-Ukku Diocese, Delta State, Rev Father Justin-Anthony Anene, has called on Christians to totally embrace and make the love of God a centre and yardstick for every relationship.

  The priest made the call while delivering a homily entitled “We Must Love God Above all Persons and Things”, noting that the love of others and material things only yields good fruits when it is based on the love of God.

  He urged Christians to emulate the Shunamite woman, whom he said, received a reward of son she had been earnestly praying for years, through her generosity to a prophet of God, Elisha.

  He said, “for us to be really a holy nation and a loyal priesthood, we must love God more than any other persons or things. Whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple; truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.’

  “The Shunemite woman was a typical example of today’s gospel reading. Her generosity brought about the reward of a son which she and her husband had been looking for years. The gospel is encouraging us on the importance of being charitable to men and women of God,” he assured.

  Describing selfishness as counterproductive, the cleric emphatically noted that there is a greater blessing in giving to other people.

  He further encouraged Christians to live the life of Christ, advising them to shun all manner of sinful habits.

  The cleric reminded Christians that all who had been “baptised into Christ, were also baptised into His death. We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

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