Posted on: 2014-09-26
Source: Comms Dept, Oyo Diocese

Bishop Badejo admonishes Christians to prepare for the final Harvest in heaven

The 18th Annual Harvest thanksgiving Mass of Catholic Diocese of Oyo commenced with a long procession of Altar Servers, Prayer Leaders/ Catechists, Seminarians, Priests, Monsignor Yakubu and the Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo. At the Mass, the Bishop welcomed and appreciated the Emeritus Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Julius Babatunde Adelakun, all the Invited-Guests and the Lay-Faithful of the Diocese for their attendance at the programme.
In his homily at the Mass, the Bishop of Oyo Diocese expressed a sincere appreciation to the Creator of the Universe as he sang beautiful songs of gratitude for making the day a reality. With reference to the first reading: 1 Corinthians 15: 35-37, 42-49, he admonished everyone to always think about death so as to live our lives in accordance to the will of Christ. He urged all Christians to always appreciate God for the gift of life and also to support the work of evangelisation.
He gave reasons for Harvest celebration. He explained the Harvest celebration as a means to contribute to God’s work and implored everyone to always use what we have to contribute to God’s work. He proceeded that as Christians, we should always make ourselves available for duties in God’s house. The other meaning of the word “Christian” he said, is: “report for duty”.
The Bishop explained Harvest celebration as a guide for the final harvest in heaven as St Paul stated in 2 Cor. 8 and 9. He furthered that it is an avenue to accumulate credits for ourselves in heaven. To conclude his homily, he encouraged Christians to develop hearts of thanksgiving; for Christ demands nothing from us but our loving, caring and humble heart.
Shortly after the homily was the celebration of the Holy Eucharist which was followed immediately by the Harvest thanksgiving in full blast. The harvest thanksgiving was joyfully celebrated by everyone as the Bishops, Priests, Lay- Faithful and the Invited- Guests did a gracious dance to the harmonious music of the Choir.
In clear demonstration of a heart of appreciation, the Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all the Invited- Guests as he presented gifts to the “distant Invitees” for their generous and passionate support towards the success of the Harvest. Also, he appreciated the Lay-Faithful of the Diocese as he prayed for continuous growth of the Diocese and the Church at large.
Present at the harvest and donating generously were special guests,like the Ladies of St Mulumba(LSM), led by Lady Patricia Nwachukwu the National President of LSM, the Principal Guest, Mr Mike Magaji Mr Augustine Fawole, Engineer Oresegun, Mr Lawrence Faseyiro and the Christ the King Society Oyo based in Lagos.
The Thanksgiving Mass was brought to an end with the closing blessing by Most Rev. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo as reception and bazaar sales followed immediately.