By Olivia Obijiaku
Associate Cathedral Administrator of Christ the King Catholic Cathedral (CKCC), Sabo Gari, Zaria, Kaduna State, Rev Fr Kelvin Makama tasked the faithful to make good use of their mouths when he presided over the Mass of the First Sunday of Lent in Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Ahmadu Belo University, Zaria on Sunday, 6th March, 2022.
The priest built his homily on the day’s Gospel reading of Luke 4:1-13 in which Jesus overcame the devil’s temptations with the words of mouth in telling the congregants to say no to anyone or anything that wrestles with the will of God in their lives.
“Your mouths, dear friends in Christ are not just a part of your bodies.” Fr Makama told them. “It is a gift of God for warfare. It is a gift of God to communicate your choice and to bring about the awareness of His Presence in your life. Any time you speak, you are making a choice. It is good to believe in your hearts, but you must profess your faith because we may not know what is in your hearts. ”
“Lent is a Season to speak. There are people who say ‘yes’ to anything that comes their way because they do not have ‘no’ in their dictionaries. You must speak boldly and learn to say ‘no’. You must be able to say ‘no’ at certain points in your lives. Had Jesus not said ‘no’ to the devil we would not have been seated here today. You must say ‘no’ to things that drain your time and energy. You glorify God any time you say ‘no’ to the devil. It is only when you say ‘no’ to Satan that you have the freedom to say ‘yes’ to God. You must say ‘yes’ to things that glorify God. You cannot say ‘yes’ to God if you cannot say ‘no’ to the devil. You are at the mercy of whatever you say.”
Furthering that ‘no’ is one of the most difficult words to say or accept in some circumstances, the clergyman referenced Adam and Eve’s obedience to the serpent at the Garden of Eden in kicking against destructive obedience even as he summed that “it is not in everything that you say ‘yes’ to your children or parents.”