person_pin Okey Onwuka
query_builder August 9, 2019 17:43:00


By David Okpala/Stella Okpala :

Akpo (Aguata LGA), Aug. 9, 2019 (MOI) Emeritus Bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Rev. Peter Okpalaeke has called on Christians to prepare for death even as they live in good health.

Bishop Okpalaeke made the call at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Akpo, Aguata Local Government Area (LGA) at a Funeral Mass for Mrs Pauline Okpalaji, mother of Fr. Ikenna Okpalaji.

The prelate urged them not to be afraid of death but to prepare for it while alive as death must come when it must.

``Death must come when it shall come. When and how, we do not know. It does not matter if you run to Babalawo, the occult, pastor this or that.

``Do everything you can not to fall into sin. If you do, let it pain you that you have sinned against God and humanity. Go for confession immediately.

Okpalaeke urged Christians to strengthen their relationship with God and shun evil behaviours.

``As Ambassadors of Christ here on earth, we should always remember that we have been appointed by God.’’

Bishop Okpalaeke enjoined people to prepare answers on how they lived their Christian life to God, saying that he was preparing for his.

The Mass was attended by dignitaries from within and outside the state, including Catholic Bishop of Lafia Diocese, Rev. Matthew Audu.

Son of the deceased, Fr. Okpalaji thanked all who came to commiserate with him, praying God to provide comfort to them when in distress.

He also prayed God to grant them journey mercies to their various destinations. (MOI)