Amawbia (Awka South LGA)-Christians all over the World have been urged to reflect on the meaning of God’s call to serve him.
In a homily to mark the celebration, Vicar St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Amawbia, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Obiekezie emphasised the need for believers to pray for vocations like priesthood, the deaconate as well as the consecrated.
“It is important to pray for priests to be Christ-like, while shepherding the flock entrusted under their care.
“This is because the entire Christian community shares the responsibility for fostering vocations.’’
The father enjoined them to also pray for parents that had given their wards out to serve in those capacities.
Fr. Obiekezie explained that some parents made great sacrifices by giving their only son out for priesthood, noting, “producers are not always the beneficiaries’’.
The father said that Christ was selfless as caring shepherd, who provided protection and life as well as an only gateway into eternal life.
“Priests like Christ should provide guidance, sustenance and protection to his flock.’’
The cleric emphasised that everyone should provide leadership, protective, preventive and redemptive vigilance to their flock.
“Everyone, who is entrusted with care of others, whether pastors, parents, teachers, caregivers, government officials are all shepherds.
“As shepherds, you should have love, pray and spend your time, treasures and talent in the upkeep of your flock as well as guard them from spiritual and physical dangers.’’
He admonished the lay faithful to always co-operate with their priests, receive spiritual food delivered by them, hear and follow their shepherds as well as pray for good priests and vocations.
Fr. Obiekezie, then, prayed Christ, the Good Shepherd to look after His flock by sending shepherds after His own mind.
The cleric also prayed God to be pleased to settle eternal pastures, the sheep that had redeemed by precious blood of His son.
Source: Anambra State Government