Rt. Rev. Anselm Umoren , the Auxiliary Catholic Bishop of Abuja Archdiocese, has called on Christians to be charitable and show mercy to people around them.
Umoren made the call on Sunday in Abuja at the “2017 Prayer Project Rally’’, organised by Abuja Archdiocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria (CCRN).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rally was organised to end the 34-day 2017 Prayer and Fasting Project, which started on Dec. 27, 2016 and ended on Jan. 29.
He said that Christians should be merciful and be the light of the world.
“If you listen to the news, it gives you the impression of the darkness in the world.
“There is so much killings in the world and our land; there is so much hatred in the world and in our land, while lack of compassion is seen everywhere.
“Each of us has been called to be a carrier of light, if we don’t shine, it will be difficult to dispel the darkness in the land and the world.
“If you want God to be merciful to you, you have to be merciful to others as well.”
He also urged Christians to do away with darkness of sins as they could not be the light while living in sin.
In addition, he said that the contribution of Christians to the troubled world was to act as peacemaker and speak the truth at all times.
In his address, Rev. Fr. Oluma John, Chaplain, CCRN Abuja Archdiocese, urged the members to go and shine forth in all sectors of life.
“Be smart and use your gift of intelligence to shine in the world of technology, invention, politics, trade and science as well as other sectors.
“As you pray and exercise your intelligence, exercise it in all the sectors so that your light can shine to the glory of God,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Mr Edward Asuelimen, Chairman of Abuja Archdiocese of CCRN, urged members to manifest the reign of God in the world.
“Let it be done on earth as it is in heaven is the plan of God. In our last year prayer project, we experienced the reign of God’s kingdom.
“This plan of God for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven cannot be made manifest without His reign until man realises that God indeed reigns and arises to shine forth,’’ he said.
Asuelimen noted that the times were getting tougher and things were falling apart, but declared that the scripture was ever true to fulfil the promises of God.
“We are the light of the world and the salt of the earth, and a city built on a hill top cannot be hidden.
“No one lights up a candle and hides it under a table, so let us, with all boldness, arise and shine for He has promised to be with us till the end of time,’’ he said.
Similarly, the guest preacher, Rev. Fr George Abba, urged Christians to shine forth in the midst of darkness of evil and sins.
Abba, who spoke on “Arise and Shine”, warned against accepting the philosophy of the world, which emphasises on what you can give, rather than who you are in Christ Jesus.
“ When you have an alliance with the world, you are creating an opportunity for destruction; note that friendship with the world is an enmity with God,’’ he said.
NAN reports that no fewer than 30,000 Catholic Christians attended the 2017 prayer rally whose theme “Arise and Shine’’, was taken from the book of Isaiah 60: 1.