June 20, 2024
Reflections By Rev. Fr. David Okolie



Rev. Fr. David Okolie

Dearest friends, one of the greatest challenge of our generation is the belief that it is no longer necessary to *PREACH to the SINNER.* This belief is erroneously supported with the idea that God is LOVING and MERCIFUL. But we seem to forget that God is also *JUST;* rewarding the VIRTUOUS and punishing *UNREPENTANT* SINNERS (cf. Lk 13:3).

Now, the opening line of the Public Preaching of Jesus Christ is: *REPENT and BELIEVE in the Gospel”* (cf. Mk 1:15). A constant calling of SINNERS to REPENTANCE is the *DUTY* of every Christian, pastor and religious leader. Whenever this duty is played down upon, a lot of harm is unleashed on the souls of the people. Remember that *‘FAITH comes through hearing and the people cannot hear unless the Preacher Preaches to them’* (cf. Rom 10:14-17).

Do not also forget that calling a sinner to repentance does not make you the most righteous person. No! Instead, as you are preaching to the sinner, you are also preaching to yourself. Thus, St. Paul affirms: *“Listen to yourself and to your teaching. Pursue these things. For in doing so, you will save both yourself and those who listen to you”* (cf. 1 Tim 4:16). Now the question is: have you ever talked to that your friend about his/her sinful lifestyle?

Finally, beloved friends, a true friend is he who praises you when you do good but also has the COURAGE to discourage you from your WRONG DOING. On the other hand an *ENEMY* and a *SYCOPHANT* is he who encourages you to continue in your EVIL/SINFUL lifestyle by making you believe that there is nothing wrong with such lifestyle. Indeed, TRUTH is bitter but the same *TRUTH is LIFE.* The greatest truth is: *REPENT from SIN and embrace VIRTUOUS lifestyle.*

Merry Christmas🙏🏼

Remain blessed🙏🏼

Rev. Fr. David Okolie is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria. He is a prolific writer, retreat preacher and social media evangelizer.

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