The Dean of the Tema-Battor Deanery, Very Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Gosu has charged Christians, and for that matter Catholics, to make available their human and material resources to the services of others in the Church.
Speaking at the installation of Fr. Gabriel Ettiene as first Parish Priest of the St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Ada-Foah on Sunday, January 5, Fr. Gosu bemoaned the act of Christians exploring the good things in society for their personal gains instead of spreading it to benefit the entire society.
”Christians must play their rules for God’s promises to be fulfilled, acknowledging that Jesus Christ is the light of the world and in our own way trying to be good men and women of God.
We should put the good things we have to good use, our resource, skills and our being should benefit the people of Ada and St. Peter Claver,” he averred.
He opined that ”Most of us explore the good things around us for our selfish needs. The human and material resources of the church must benefit its members. As individuals, we have roles to play with the gifts we have in the church and in the country at large.”
The Dean charged the faithful to be conscious of what they offer as offering to God. Saying that many Catholics deliberately present items they have no use for as offering to God.
He advised that the three wise men presented gifts most precious to them to baby Jesus and they found favour before God. Hence, Christians of today must do the same not out of compulsion but as a genuine act of expressing gratitude to God.
He, however, noted that though it is okay to present material gifts to God, the life of the Christian is the most essential offering that can be presented to God and must be done purposefully with the Christian life.
”The three Wise-men brought their gifts to the Lord, what gifts are you bringing to God as an individual, is it your money, talent or your whole being. Our lives are offertory to God so we should offer ourselves genuinely to God and our lives will change for the better,” he said.