Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie CSSp, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra has called on the faithful to show compassion in these challenging times of global crisis.
He was speaking in his homily while reflecting on the readings of Palm Sunday on April 5.
The archbishop said “In these challenging times of Coronavirus, my brothers and sisters, let us learn to live as one human family, that cares for one another and shows compassion for one another”
He underscored the fact that showing compassion means ‘suffering with’ others and only when we suffer with others do we show compassion as emphasized by Jesus Christ in his teachings.
The archbishop also noted that, the times we live in requires that we love more, share more, forgive more and in doing so we shall make humanity beautiful.
He encouraged the faithfuls to stop taking advantage of those who are already suffering “Let us therefore stop taking advantage of those who are suffering as it is happening today, in our markets, in our shops”
The archbishop questioned the motive behind why people are increasing the price of goods at this time of need.
He profoundly exhorted the faithfuls to be in solidarity with one another to carry the burden of life and stated that when humanity is united, it’s stronger.
This is the third consecutive Sunday the mass celebrated by the archbishop is broadcasted live on television and on radio to faithfuls of the archdiocese due to the directives of the President and the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference.
Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9), when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.
According to Christian belief, Jesus rode into Jerusalem where people gave him a hero’s welcome during the Jewish Passover celebration and this is relived every year by Christians all over the world with the blessing of Palm fronds and processions.
In Ghana, the day is marked with procession of faithfuls with the blessed palm fronds/branches amidst singing and dancing of ‘Hosanna’ songs through principal streets and into the places of worship.
For the first time in so many year’s (probably the first time in history, not verified), the usual euphoria surrounding the day’s celebration was missing due to measures taken by the leadership of the church and government to stop the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).