The Parish Priest of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Samaru, Rev Fr Sebastian Vincent, has tasked the living to maintain a lifestyle that reflects the testimonies they expect at the end of their lives. He gave this task at the Mass for the wake of one of his parishioners, Mr. John Sunday Mgbachi which took place in the parish on Wednesday, 15th December, 2021.
The priest noted that some people give false testimonies about the dead, just to make them look good and tasked the faithful to spare their loved ones such lies.
“Life does not begin and end in this life,” Fr Vincent noted. “We know that there is life after this life. It is how we live this life that determines where we live the next life. As we go about our normal business, let us remember that we will not live here forever.
“The readings of today tell us where we should always gaze on. Don’t live a reckless life. Don’t take things for granted. Live a life that will make people to make sincere comment about you. Don’t make them tell lies at your graveside.
“Our gathering this evening is a testimony of the kind of life that our brother lived. He has made his crossing and we too will make our crossing one day. The only difference is time. Death is inevitable and everyone must pass through that process. God grant him light, happiness and peace.
“We are here today to reflect on our own lives. We have to amend our ways and live a good life so that others will gather for us for good.”
Empathizing with the bereaved family, the priest told them that their father’s demise is a test of faith but they need to give thanks to God; free to express their pains by finding time to cry but to do so like those who have faith in the resurrection.
The deceased’s first son, Mr. Richard Mgbachi thanked the pastoral team, parishioners and well wishers for identifying with them and testified that “my father always says ‘thank you’ for everything – even if you offend him. I have never seen my father fighting or quarrelling with anyone. I want to appreciate God for him.”
By Olivia Obijiaku