Abuja, 17 January, 2023 / 2:55 pm (ACI Africa).
The Local Ordinary of Abuja Archdiocese in Nigeria has cautioned the people of God in the West African nation against the tendency to passively consume “spiritual goods” in general and the message and person of Jesus Christ in particular.
In his homily at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral of his Metropolitan See, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama reflected on the testimony of John the Baptist about Jesus in the Sunday, January 15 Gospel reading, and advocated for creativity and active participation in the spreading of the identity of Jesus Christ.
“I believe we have been greedily and scandalously consuming instead of frantically producing. It is time to produce and to be creative in this too,” Archbishop Kaigama said, and challenged followers of Christ in the West African nation to revisit their mission as baptized Christians, gauging if they are either “passive consumers of spiritual goods or active participants and contributors.”
He encouraged Christians to look at the forerunner of Jesus Christ for inspiration, saying, “John the Baptist is a good example of how to be productive both spiritually and materially; he teaches us by his spartan lifestyle (simplicity) and how we ought to approach the call and will of God.”
The Nigerian Catholic Archbishop said that fighting social injustices and immoralities is one way of being productive and bringing people to salvation.