Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Paulinus Ezeokafor, has decried the attitude of Christians who see Christmas as a period of merry making, extorting people and engaging in all manners of crime to make money instead of a time to reflect on the life of Christ.
Most Rev. Dr. Ezeokafor, who made this known in an interview with journalists, maintained that ” it is a wrong impression and attitude by misplacing the priority that Christmas is a time to eat and drink.
Christmas is a time to live a sober life, to meditate in the life of Christ who came for us.”
He said that even though Christ last came physically over 2000 years ago, Christ’s coming during the Christmas celebration should not be seen as a physical thing but spiritual,which only people with clean hearts would understand better.
According to him, other things like entertainment, eating and dressing,among others done at Christmas are merely at material level rather than spiritual.
He exhorted the faithful to see Christ’s coming as a sign of God’s love to them which would redeem them from sin and amend what was damaged by the fall of our first parents.
‘It will be more damaging, if at the end of the day, instead of celebrating the Christ who has come to give us life in abundance, we then enter sin which is separating us from God.
The bishop expressed worry over the bad lifestyle of young people during the period, warning that such could be difficult to correct in the future once it became a habit.
“Christmas activities are material notwithstanding, but the spiritual aspect must be in the fore front. So, I would want the youth to focus their minds fully on the true celebration by welcoming Christ in their hearts and learning to live Christ,’ he said.
On the attitude of people to the physically challenged, the prelate, said it was the nature of the Church to take care of the needy and people in difficulty.
He said the physically challenged needed attention more than others as their condition was already a cross for them which others should try to lessen by appreciating them and trying to make provisions for them