By Stanley Nwanosike
Obe (Enugu State), Jan. 6, 2017 (NNN) The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Calistus Onaga, has enjoined Christians to live exemplary Christ-like lives worthy of emulation.
Onaga made the call in a sermon on Sunday during the dedication of the newly built St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Obe in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The church was built by an illustrious son of Obe community, Chief Patrick Ngene.
Onaga, who was represented by the Auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rt. Rev. Ernest Obodo, said that Christians and their lifestyles remained the temple of God people see daily.
According to him, you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Church is not the building, it is you. The physical church is where they cook the word of God like food.
The cleric noted that it was a rare privilege to build a physical church, adding that God denied David the opportunity to build a temple for Him and gave it to Solomon to build instead.
Onaga said: “That is, it is not man that builds the church for God; God himself builds His church.
“To Chief Emeka Ngene, the Lord had been so faithful to him and his family and as such, he had appreciated the awesome gift from the Most High by ensuring that members of St. Anthony Catholic Church had a roof over their heads while worshipping God.’’
The bishop lauded Ngene for building the ultra-modern church, noting that God would never forget those who invest in moving His work forward and winning souls for Him.
“I must also thank everyone who helped in the construction of the church, as this church ranks as the best in the entire Enugu Catholic Diocese,’’ he noted.
Speaking, the Parish Priest of the church, Very Rev. Fr. Godfrey Oleri, noted that he was fulfilled seeing the church building completed after a long stressful process.
“The person who sponsored the building fully, Ngene, and the person who built the pews (chairs) have done very well.
“We don’t have time to start saying about lots of things inside the church but they have done the work and it is now our duty to maintain the church. It is enormous and beautiful,” he said.
Ngene expressed happiness that the church had been dedicated, noting that he drew his inspiration to support the ministry of Jesus Christ from his late father.
“I said I will build for eternity and that is what I have done. It is not because I am the richest person around but I have thrown my pension into it and today, I can tell you that I have no regrets.
“So, I said instead of keeping this money, let me invest it the way I did. It is an investment, not for me but for generations to come,’’ Ngene said.
A mammoth crowd from the community witnessed the dedication and first service held in the new Church. (NNN)
(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)