Please God alone, not humanity – Rev Mancha
Christians have been reminded to know that the call of God in their lives is not to please humanity but God alone.
The Assistant Parish Priest of St Theresa Catholic Church Jos, Rev. Father Danis Mancha, made this known at the Mass to mark this year’s Ash Wednesday. He also called on Catholics to accept that, putting ash on the forehead and making the sign of the cross is a reminder that, as the scripture says, ‘we are dust, and unto dust we shall return,’ and that it is a total call (from God) for repentance.
According to him, “We have the beginning and the end,” adding that, in the past days people used backcloths to fast.
Rev Fr. Macha further remind them that, Lent is the time of sober reflection and recollection to God by fasting, praying and almsgiving, and urged them not to fast because they are asked to fast, and not to boast that they are fasting, but it should be secret and not to look like those who do not have faith.
He told them that, “40 days after fasting, you are expected to turn away from you sins; but observed that most people, after fasting go back to sin even more than before.”
According to him, “We should ask ourselves – when you fast without prayer, you will not be strong;” adding that, “we are not fasting because there is no food.” He observed that some people fast because they don’t have food.
He remind Christians to know that, “It is an offer that no one can do and should rethink about everything and about the call to conversion; return to Jesus Christ with a pure heart.”
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten period for Christians all over the world, to mark the 40 days and 40 nights, which ends at Good Friday. Good Friday is the day that Jesus Christ died on the cross, while Easter is the celebration of his Resurrection from the dead.