Parish Priest of Guardian Angel Police Chaplaincy, Federal Housing, Lugbe, Abuja, Rev. Fr. Ambrose Igwubor, has called on Christians to emulate the life of Jesus Christ as they prepare to celebrate Easter.
He stated this during his Palm Sunday homily, adding that although Jesus was God, he humbled himself and accepted to bear the sufferings meted out on him to bring salvation to the world.
According to him, Christians should strive to live in peace, loving one another as Christ did.
“Christ came to bring peace, he did not come for war.”
He added that Christians should not relent in praying always because it is through prayer that God strengthens one to face temptations and the challenges of life.
“We must watch and pray always as Jesus asked his disciples to do”.
Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week and commemorates the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.
It is called Palm Sunday because the faithful hold palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ’s arrival into Jerusalem.
In the Gospel, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey to the lavish praise of the people who threw clothes or possibly palms or small branches in front of him as a sign of homage.
The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, it represents the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war.
Similarly, in his sermon entitled “The Significance of Palm Sunday”, the Provincial Chairman, Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim, ESOCS, Church, Special Senior Apostle Michael Osamor, urged all Christians to emulate Jesus Christ in all their endeavours.
Osamor, who also doubles as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Chairman of the Organisation of African Instituted Churches, OAIC, a bloc of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, said Palm Sunday is an occasion to reflect on the final week of Jesus’ life.
It is also a time for Christians to prepare their hearts for the agony of his passion and the joy of his resurrection.
‘‘The donkey was a symbol of peace; those who rode upon them proclaimed peaceful intentions. The laying of palm branches indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph. Christ rode into Jerusalem on a borrowed young donkey (an ass), exhibiting humility and confirming his sacrifice for the salvation of mankind. To this end, we as his followers should be humble in all our dealings.’’

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