By Olivia Obijiaku
The Procurator of the Catholic Diocese of Zaria, Very Rev. Fr. Mike Kagarko has revealed that banditry, kidnapping and other destabilizing forces affecting Nigeria will fade away. He made this known in his parish, Good Shepherd Parish Graceland Zaria at the Easter Vigil Mass of Saturday, 16th April, 2022.
Fr. Kagarko reflected on the topic: ‘My Suffering is not Permanent but Temporal,’ and referenced the Good Friday which portrayed Jesus’ case as a hopeless one but consoled Easter Sunday as an indication that Good Friday is temporal like Nigeria’s present condition.
“The grave signifies darkness and a place of loneliness.” The priest enlightened. “The tomb was considered a lonely place where no one wants to go to but Jesus transformed the negative image of the tomb into something of hope. His Resurrection shows that the triumph of evil over good is temporal. Good Friday is not permanent but temporal. Suffering is not permanent. It is temporal. Banditry will not be permanent but temporal. All these things will come to an end one day.”
Renewal of Baptismal vows at the Easter vigil
“We are reminded that Christ is the Light of the world, we have to be the light in the world almost engulfed with darkness. Christ rose from the dead and dealt death a big blow. Let us rise from the graves of darkness and loneliness. Let us rise from the graves of defeat. Let us rise from the graves of frustrations and despair. Let us be glad for Jesus has won the battle for us.”