Malindi, 19 March, 2021 / 6:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has told the newly ordained Bishop of Kenya’s Malindi Diocese to emulate St. Joseph in his episcopal ministry.
Addressing himself to Bishop-elect Wilybard Lagho during the Friday, March 19 episcopal ordination event, Archbishop Bert van Megen urged closeness to God in the example of the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Dear Wilybard, be like Joseph. Don’t fall on your own religious reflexes. Don’t follow the traditions blindly but discern. Stay close to God, follow the whispering of the Holy Spirit,” Archbishop van Megen said during the episcopal event that took place at St. Anthony’s Cathedral of Kenya’s Malindi Diocese.
He highlighted some of the qualities of the Patron Saint of the Universal Church that can inspire the episcopal ministry of new Bishop saying, “St Joseph was a righteous man. When he knew that Mary was pregnant, he left in silence so as to avoid a scandal.”
While St. Joseph’s plan to divorce Mary was in accordance with the Law of Moses and traditions, he changed his mind and accepted Mary as his wife when the angel appeared to him in a dream, the Nuncio said, underscoring St. Joseph’s obedience to the word of God.