By Ononye VC
Today is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, during which Christians commemorate Christ’s entry into Jerusalem for the completion of the Paschal mystery.
At the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity in Onitsha, hundreds of parishioners joined dozens of priests and the religious in a colourful procession that started from the basilica square after prayers and blessings of the palm fronds by the metropolitan archbishop of Onitsha, the Most Rev. Valerian Okeke.
The procession ended inside the basilica where in his sermon, Archbishop Okeke examined some of the acts of disappointment and betrayal by some of the disciples of Jesus Christ during his trying moments and urged the faithful to always remain steadfast and trustworthy and never make promises they can never fulfil.
According to the archbishop, though most of what transpired was the fulfilment of scriptural prophesies, some of what informed the actions of those who played the role of betraying Jesus were greed, selfishness and ambition. He added that if anyone acquires a life of greed, the person has stepped on a slippery ground.
Ambition, he pointed out, leads to many other things, just as whoever has the capital sin of greed is insatiable.
The archbishop said that even as Jesus was mocked and vilified, he defeated death and was never put to shame, and emerged victorious at last.