“Let me say it again: one can not be a Christian on normal days, and the opposite on odd days! “, said Cardinal Jean Pierre Kutwa, in front of the members of the diocesan council of the laity of Abidjan. “From now on, I invite you to remember that all of you are as important as salt and light are for body and life. ”
“It happens all the time, without judging, that in the face of certain situations where the financial stakes were high, your faith in Christ seems to be quickly put under the bushel,” revealed the Abidjan who presided over the Eucharist during which the lay faithful were sent on a mission. He urged them not to give in to corruption. “As the salt of our Archdiocese of Abidjan and from Ivory Coast, I invite you to refuse to participate in the corruption of a world vitiated by the concern for money or power and better, to fight against all forms of corruption. ”
For Cardinal Kutwa, it is important for lay faithful in Côte d’Ivoire to live and carry out their activities in accordance with the magisterium. To do this, “Christ must first reign in our understanding, through the knowledge of his doctrine, the acceptance of revealed truths and above all by ensuring that our actions and our words are in keeping with the faith that we profess “.
In addition, Cardinal Kutwa insisted in his homily, “Christ must reign in our will, so that it will obey and identify more and more with the divine will and not with the will of the many”.
The Archbishop of Abidjan invited the Christians of his diocese from Cote d’Ivoire, to imitate now “our king of the Universe”, Jesus Christ who, by the acceptance of his death on the cross, establishes a a kingdom where one does not think of oneself, but of others, a kingdom where power is service. “It is up to us today, Christians, to make sure that the death of Christ is not in vain: the values of dignity, fraternal communion, freedom, justice, reconciliation, and peace should be our legacy … ”
In his conclusion, the solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe, is ultimately the preferred option that Christians make of the model of Kings, rulers, leaders, priests, and laypeople they wish to have in their communities. Thus, he recommends to all to make “the choice of Christ, the only one who does not disappoint, the only one able to offer to our people the unity, the security and the peace which we wish for all of us. This should be our wish for our dear country.
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