PARISH Priest, St Benedict’s Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu, EvaristusOkafor has urged Christian faithful to remain steadfast in things of God and encouraged the family of the late Mr Fabian Anagor, of Aboatulu kindred in Enugwu-Ukwu, who was buried on Thursday and came for outing service of their father, to be strong in the Lord and tread on the part of righteousness.
Rev. FrOkafor said this on Sunday in EnugwuUkwu, Njikoka Local Government Area Anambra State in a sermon titled: “Redeeming the Prodigal Son,” taken from “Luke 15 verses 1 to 32” in the Bible.
Encouraging the faithful to live worthy lives, he said: “In pain, the faithful have to be strong in facing their challenges as God is not unaware of challenges the Christians face. A good Christian should seek peace and right attitude always to buttress the essence of Christ on earth.”
Okafor said that people should learn from the mistake of the prodigal son and tax collectors who murmured against the actions of Christ who related well with the tax collectors who were seen as sinners and the forgiving heart of the father of the prodigal son.
“Christians should be able to relate well with sinners and make them turn to God. As well, they should have forgiving spirit to attract more faithful to God’s kingdom. Christians are not expected to live worldly but are encouraged to follow the steps of Christ by striving to live in peace with all people. They are to engage in evangelism their lives should be the bible unbelievers read and come to repentance, “he said.
The late Anagor, survived by wife Mrs Patricia Anagor, five children and numerous friends relatives was one of the members of Anambra Association of Medicine Dealers, in Anambra State.
Mr Odinaka Anagor, first son of the deceased appreciated the people who rallied round them during the burial rites and asked God to take away premature death in mist of friends and relatives who consoled with them during their trying time.
Mr Chukwuma Akanligo, a relative of the late Anagor, described him as inestimable being, while
Mr Chimezie Akanligo ,Rtd. Commodore Benjamin Mbachi, Chairman of Aboatulu kindred, Mr Christian Mbachi, the secretary of the union, Mrs Grace Anagor, Vice president of the Aboatulu Kindred Women Meeting Wing, Mr Daniel Ekwoanya, Mr Benjamin Emoka, Mrs Ngozi Imegwu and Mr Emma Nsofor paid glowing tributes to the deceased.