On January 10, 2020, the Catholic Archbishop of Accra, Most Rev Bonaventure Kwofie for the first time ordained seven deacons for the Catholic Church of Accra. In fact, the number seven is very symbolic in the Holy Scriptures and in theological discourse.
God finished his work of creating the universe in seven days and rested on the seventh(7th) day(Gen 2:2). The days in the week are seven days and the seventh (7th) day became the Sabbath day for God’s people because God rested on the seventh day.
For us in the time of Christ, the first day of the week, the day on which Christ rose from the dead as a sign of new creation, and new light, that is, Sunday, we observe the Sabbath. It became a holy day, a day of rest, a day of putting all offenses behind, a day of forgiveness, a day of cancelling all debts, a day of reconciliation, a day of recreation to mention but few.
There are seven Sacraments in the Catholic Church including Holy Orders which takes care of the ordination of deacons, priests and bishops . There are seven Corporal Works of Mercy and Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy. The number seven(7) is a perfect number.
It is a number of completeness. It is the fusion of the physical and the spiritual or earth and heaven or human and divine. In fact, in Jesus who is both human and divine we find perfection, that is symbolized by the number seven(7).
With the ordination of seven(7) new deacons for the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra in the year 2020, is it not an opportunity to reflect on a new beginning, a new wind blowing, a new creation and so on in the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra?
The number seven becomes more meaningful because the deacons of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra chose the text of Acts of the Apostles 6:1-6 for the second reading during the liturgy of the Word. In this text seven(7) men of good repute were chosen including Stephen, the first martyr who died for the Christian faith.
From these seven men the Catholic Church of Accra is challenged to produce men and women ready to serve; men and women ready to hold the faith and die for it despite attacks; men and women ready to be of good repute and who eschew apathy, corruption; men and women ready to support the clergy;and men and women ready to forgive and reconcile.
This ordination of seven(7)deacons for the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra should mean a lot for the local ordinary Most Rev. Bonaventure Kwofie to continue the works of his predecessors: Rt. Rev. Adolf Noser, Most Rev. Joseph Oliver Bowers, Most Rev. Dominic Kwadwo Andoh, and Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle.
May the ordination of these seven deacons indeed be a sign of new creation for the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra and for the entire Catholic community in Ghana. God bless the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra. God bless the Catholic Church in Ghana.