Ngong, 05 March, 2022 / 5:30 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in Kenya has urged the people of God in the East African country to stop discriminating each other based on their various differences but instead to foster unity in their diversity.
In his Wednesday, March 2 Lenten message, Bishop John Oballa Owaa of Kenya’s Ngong Diocese reflected on the biblical story of the good Samaritan and said that love for one’s neighbor is the first step towards embracing diversity.
“Diversity is a blessing just as our identity is; any form of discrimination on account of diversity is to destroy that gift of unity in diversity that God himself has given us,” Bishop Oballa said, and added, “We nurture this unity by considering who our neighbor is; a neighbor is any one in need of gesture of love.”
The Kenyan Catholic Bishop said, “We are diverse in gender, in level of education, in our backgrounds whether ethnic or racial. We hold diverse political and religious beliefs.”
The Local Ordinary of Ngong Diocese who doubles as Chairman of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said that the love of neighbors entails helping those in need.