Seminarians of St Paul Catholic Seminary in Sowutuom, Accra have marked this year’s celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God with a call to make good use of the many “second chances” presented to us by God in our daily lives.
Delivering the homily to mark the day, the Spiritual Director of the Seminary, Very Rev. Fr. Albert Amakyi, pointed out the fact that God called Jonah a second time to go and proclaim his message to the people of Nineveh. This second call came after Jonah had failed to obey the first one. “God is a God of second chances”, said Fr. Amakyi, “and we must make the best use of the opportunity he gives us.”
He further challenged seminarians, and Christians in general, to emulate the “faith” of the people of Nineveh, who, upon hearing the message preached by Jonah, repented and “believed God”. We are all called to believe God and to show our repentance by our words and deeds.
Touching on the day’s gospel reading, Fr. Amakyi admonished the “future priests” to be ready and prepared to work with everyone they came into contact with. “As ‘fishers of men’ we do not determine the type of ‘fish’ we catch from the sea, hence no matter how unpleasant and ‘troublesome’ the people of God may sometimes be, it is the duty of the priest to be nice to them and lead them to Christ,” he said.
As part of the day’s celebration, the Word of God was enthroned beautifully by the seminarians, amidst some colourful cultural display. There was also an inspiring poetry recital by some seminarians on the essence of the Word of God in our lives. Present at the Eucharistic Celebration was the immediate past Rector of the Seminary, Very Rev. Fr. Francis Arthur.
Source: Wisdom Martin Kongor