Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins, has enjoined Christians and certainly all Nigerians to permit the enjoyment and peace of Christ to permeate their lives by opening their palms of affection and fellowship to the much less privileged this Christmas season.
In his 2018 Christmas Message made accessible by means of the Director of Social Communications, Msgr. Gabriel Osu, Archbishop Martins stated the beginning of Christ stays the best demonstration of the love of God to all humanity.
“Taking human flesh and being born into the human household affords all human beings a terrific alternative to reaffirm the dignity of the human individual in order that we are able to unite in thanksgiving to the Creator who gave us an opportunity to be reunited with God after the autumn (of Adam) and evokes us to unite with each other and the entire creation. For this reason we’re referred to as not solely to like our fellow human beings with a ardour but additionally to indicate nice look after the atmosphere right now and on a regular basis.’’
In response to Archbishop Martins, “Christmas season is a interval of pleasure and celebrations but additionally considered one of stock-taking, self-evaluation and thanksgiving to God. The season expresses the boundless love of God – a love that heralds hope, inaugurates peace, engenders religion, and establishes the triumph of justice.”
He urged Christians to not lose the religious essence of the celebration to the externals of decorations, alternate of items and consuming and ingesting. The religious essence is the guts, crucial and important facet of the season, he reiterated.
“As we busy ourselves with touring, buying, partying, cleansing and different materials preparations for Christmas, allow us to not lose sight of its religious significance – the chance to come across Jesus and embrace his provide of friendship and salvation.”
Whereas congratulating all Nigerians for the chance of witnessing one more celebration of the beginning of our Lord Jesus Christ, Martins urged them to not waste their assets by indulging in idle frivolities however to make use of it to place smiles on the faces of their less-privileged neighbours, notably the IDPs who’ve been compelled out of their ancestral houses on account of acts of struggle and hostilities.
He enjoined governments in any respect ranges in Nigeria to assist put smiles on the faces of Nigerian employees by paying their salaries and entitlements on time to allow them have fun the Yuletide meaningfully with their family members. He additionally urged authorities to speedily assent to employees’ demand for an elevated minimal wage.
As they assent to the employees’ calls for, he urged authorities to hunt extra sustainable methods of assembly the wants of Nigerian employees with out the perennial wage enhance that in flip creates inflation.