July 25, 2024
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EASTER MESSAGE: LIFE CONQUERS DEATH: GOD HAS DONE HIS PART

EASTER MESSAGE: LIFE CONQUERS DEATH: GOD HAS DONE HIS PART

Most Reverend Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, Bishop of Oyo, NIGERIA

EASTER: RESTORE JOY, CELEBRATE FAITH IN CHRIST
Easter Sunday, is the celebration of that day when Jesus Christ rose from the dead changed the destiny of humanity and heralded our victory over sin and eternal death. All must rejoice that sin and evil can be defeated. That includes the poor and the oppressed for Jesus is alive. Alleluia! Tell the world that all the betrayal, the rejection, oppression, the lies and wickedness of the powerful people of this world will someday be defeated by justice and love. Light will win, darkness will fail. Remember the two women who brought the news to the disciples were not rich or powerful people. Easter Sunday answers all the painful questions of Good Friday. God is on the side of the poor and oppressed. Donโ€™t lose hope.

ROLL AWAY THE STONE
Through the resurrection God shows his power to deliver and to save humanity. Those who continue to block and seal the tomb in order to prevent the resurrection of reconciliation, peace, love, justice and harmony must change or be defeated. They are the reason for all the war, the suffering the destruction and oppression which we see all around. Jesus brings assurance of final victory that the reign of falsehood, oppression injustice and sin will not endure. I call on all leaders and the powerful of the world to stop their hypocrisy, work for peace and follow the example of Jesus Christ who humbled himself to serve and laid down his life for others. They must roll away the stone of hate and wickedness for the way of love is the way of God. That is why Jesus said: โ€œYou must love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and mindโ€ฆ love your neighbour as yourselfโ€ (Matt22:37, 38). Only love will save the world and endure till the end of time.

HEAL THE WORLD, RESTORE PEACE
All of us must spread the news that Jesus is alive. Let everybody else feel the joy of Easter. I call on all troubled, warring families, groups, communities and nations, โ€œfor Godโ€™s sake, be reconciled with one another, drop your weapons. As pope Francis has said, let us disarm all hands of brothers raised against brothers. There is a better way to live than that of violence, bloodshed, be at peace with everyone so that God may be pleased with us allโ€.

PATORANKING: LET LOVE, TRUTH AND JUSTICE HEAL NIGERIA
A few years ago, a young Nigerian by name Patoranking sang these touching words in his album โ€œHeal the Worldโ€, indicting all leaders and sketching our pain and frustration:

โ€œEvery corner its war and crisisโ€ฆBoko Haram, Al-Qaeda and ISIS, โ€ฆ.
Africa blessed with lotta beautiful history
But these people make we feel like everything is a mystery
They make we live we lives in a jittery, we pray to God father to give us victory.
Take a look round the city now, no love oh what ah pity now 21 look like 50 now, hatred make things shitty nowโ€
Those words are still so shamefully true today: I say to all our government and all leaders, โ€œYour insincerity and inaction have done enormous damage to all, wake up and save Nigeria, this beautiful country and people from complete collapse. Make justice and peace to break out and save your name in historyโ€. In spite of everything, Happy Easter to all!!!

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