Rev. Fr. Cyprain Mbamara has said that Christians needs to be reminded of mortality and the transience of creation which is based on the ashes received as to Christians begin lent.
Christians worldwide always begin their fasting with an homily on Wednesday, and this year was held yesterday in all churches to commence 40 days fating by catholics.
Mbamara, the Associate Parish Priest of St. Andrews Catholic Church Lusada, Ado-Odo/Ota, Ogun, stressed the essence of lent saying that Jesus himself suffered, died and he rose and because of His resurrection, we all have hopes that even when we die we shall rise again like him
“Ash Wednesday is a reminder of our mortality and the transience of creation; this reminder is often based on the ashes we receive today which humbles us to our very mortality as persons,’’ he said.
“On Palm Sunday, we celebrated the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and on that day, palms were used to accompany him and it is this same palms we burn today into ashes to commemorate the beginning of Lent.
“Jesus himself suffered, died and he rose and because of His resurrection, we all have hopes that even when we die we shall rise again like him.
“Christ died and stayed in a place of decay, a place of ashes, which is the grave; so, as we are humbled with these ashes placed on us, we are reminded that we are dust and unto dust, we shall return,” he said.
He reminded Christians on repentance as this is the only way to enter heaven and to also continually commit to the promise that He has given us as Christians.
“In repenting of our sins, we remind ourselves again of the hopeful onward journey toward heaven and to commit ourselves continually to the promises we have made as Christians, to the need of us being faithful to the word of God,” he said.