Sunday, April 4, 2010
JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN, CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE HIS TRIUMPH OVER DEATH!
When the women arrived at the tomb, they were surprised to find that the tomb had already been opened; and looked inside the tomb to find it empty? Then suddenly an angel appeared, sitting beside the tomb; his robe was snow-dazzling. The angel said to them do not be afraid and why were they looking for Jesus among the dead? That Jesus has been raised from the dead as was promised; which they later confirmed upon a closer inspection of the empty tomb. The angel them commanded them to go tell it to the disciples that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, Alleluia! Icheoku joins the billions of Christians all over the world in celebrating the triumph over death of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ; whose victory over death is the reason we proudly call ourselves 'Christ-like' in order to partake of his salvation. He conquered death and by extension all sufferings and challenges; so on this Easter, what are you, as a Christian, doing to overcome your own life's obstacles? Jesus did not conquer death because it was easy or without a fight; no, he worked very hard to make it happen and by the special grace of his Father who sent him to die for our sins. It was hard enough that he nearly gave up midway, but for the comfort in the bidding of his father, our God; whom he said, 'may your will be done!' So as you dine, drink and dance on this Easter day, please let not the essence and cardinal point of what we celebrate be lost on you as the risen Christ did not want his victory over the obstacle of death to be treated with levity or in any way, minimal/trifle understanding? He want us to get the real fact behind it - overcoming of our life's challenges; and that we should never give up or avoid the course simply because of its very difficult challenges; as winners do not quit and quitters do not win. On this Easter day let us not forget the 'Garden of Gethsemane' of the Catholic Church, especially the Pope who has been called severally to resign from office on grounds of alleged sexual molestation cover-up? Icheoku does not ascribe to or associate itself with this school of thought which believe that all the catholic church sexual scandals will suddenly develop wings and fly into oblivion with the never-before done papal's resignation? It will not happen because such resignation will not solve anything; and moreso the pope is infallible and cannot and should not be stampeded out of office or into doing something unimaginable or harangued for being the head honcho of the Catholic church, some of whose priests have rather been busy, tending to their libidinous desires instead of their flock? No one knows how far or for how long it will take to fix what is broken in the catholic church? But Icheoku advocates as first-line measure, for reverend fathers to start marrying? This is a thing whose time have since come and we do not necessarily see the correlation of celibacy to married life; and so neither makes a priest a better priest and therefore should not be a controlling factor here? Instead of all these traumatised alter-boys, let the priests elect for themselves and individually how they want to deal with their sexuality? Regrettably, molestation in the Catholic church has been an age-long, hot-button issue; which continues till today and which affects the church negatively. Some pundits even claim that sexual abuse by the clergy is a global problem; which requires a global solution to combat the catastrophe? Simply put, catholic priests are fellow human-beings too; and desires some recreational facilities; if you get my drift? Icheoku says to the Catholic law makers, allow your catholic priests to marry and have this problem solved? LET CATHOLIC PRIESTS MARRY! Anyway, happy Easter from our family of Icheoku to yours; have a blessed day believing that Jesus have conquered all your difficulties, by his defeat of death!