From Teryima Ajijah, Jos
The Catholic Archbishop of Jos Archdiocese, Archbishop Mathew Audu have charged Christians to emulate Jesus’ kingship, rather than practice cultural and political kingship.
Archbishop Audu made the call on Sunday at St Peter’s Pastoral Area, Gyel, Jos South Local Government Area, Plateau state, during thanksgiving mass held to end his three-day pastoral visit to the church, which began since Friday.
The Mass coincided with “Christ the King Sunday” in the Catholic calendar, marking Jesus Christ as King of the universe.
The archbishop explained that Jesus’ style of leadership is not to rule, but to serve humanity, unlike what earthly rulers do.
He said Christ is truly a king because of who He is by divine nature, and not a political or societal figure head of an earthly society.
The archbishop explained that Jesus Christ is not just the king, but of the entire universe, entroned by God.
He equally charged Christians to love and sacrifice for one another, and rejoice with the progress of others when fellow citizens are successful, rather than envy.
“Those who don’t love and care for other people are not Christians, and are not living Christ like life.
“Whoever that is not loving can’t be loved by Jesus, who is himself God,” archbishop Audu stressed.
Archbishop Audu worried that “it is unthinkable that those who say they believe and practice Christ style of life, still practice kingship of the earth.”
He insisted that whoever practices Christ like style of life must love one another, which means that such a person is truly a follower of Christ.
During the Mass, prayers were offered for the healing of Nigeria and blessings of religious, societal and political leaders to enable them engender good governance.
In appreciation, Priest-in-Charge of St Peter’s Pastoral Area, Rev. Fr Joseph Mancha, thanked the Jos Archbishop for the sacrament of marriage, first holy communion and confirmation.
Archbishop Audu is the first archbishop that have visited St Peter’s Pastoral Area, Gyel since its establishment over 44-years ago. It has given birth to five other churches.