By James Akubo
Rev. Fr. (Dr) Ralph Asika, MSP, Praying for Members of the 2016 Harvest Planning Committee The Parish Priest of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Gwagwalada, Abuja, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Ralph Asika MSP had recently put a pertinent question across the people of God saying; ‘Are you ready to be properly harvested in Christ’s second coming?

He made this statement during the parish 2016 harvest, thanksgiving and bazar tagged: “Harvest of Dedication.”

Advising the faithful, he said harvest should not be seen as a time of just raising fund but a time to acknowledge that Christians are the seeds of the Lord that needs to be harvested as well.

Fr. Asika rhetorically asked; “Are we bearing good fruits that is worthy of harvesting?” and explained that bearing good fruits indicates that we must be faithful to our Catholic faith; live joyfully and peacefully with our neighbours and live a life that is purposeful and righteous.

He noted that why harvest comes with joy is because it takes time, patience, pain and endurance to be able to reap the fruits of our labour if we sow very well, especially for the sake of the kingdom of God.

The Clergyman pointed out that the second coming of Christ will be the harvesting of souls and so urged everyone to strive very hard to be part of those to be harvested even as he sounded a note of warning to the congregation to desist from sin, run away from what is evil and not even give any room for it.

Fr. Asika also congratulated the parishioners for entering into another calendar year of the church- at Advent and explained that Catholics read the whole Bible in three years and that Advent is a period of looking into the future with an eye in the past, which share similar focus with harvest.

He also noted that the period is the revelation of the crown of Divine Kingdom and His Majesty as revealed to us in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and carefully explained the seven sacraments and prayed God to lead the faithful through the right path of life so that on the last day, they shall be with God in His heavenly banquet.

During the Mass, various families, groups and societies brought their harvest thanksgiving to God including Fr. Asika, while the Parish choir and the Zumuntamata Katolika did a wonderful rendition of melodious songs.

At the second phase of the event, the Chairman of the Day, Chief Ifeanyi Odike and the Chief Harvester, Chief Matthew Ebili, joined voices and called for maximum support to make the event successful.

In his vote of thanks, the Chairman of the Harvest Planning Committee, Bro. Austin Nwobosi KSM, who was full of joy thanked all the invited guests and the parishioners for their efforts and prayed God to bless them abundantly.

In an interview with the Parish Priest, Fr. Ralph Asika, he said the harvest was planned on a low key because of the church dedication that took place recently with lots of financial commitments.

He expressed surprised that it went beyond expectations and prayed for the parishioners and the invited guests that God should see them through in the face of the present economic hardship experienced in the country.

He equally prayed for those in governance that God should give them the wisdom to make good policies that will turn-around the country for good.

Bro. Austine Nwobosi KSM, also expressed appreciation to all those who made the event worthwhile, praying God to replenish their purse even as he thanked the committee members and the harvest consultants for their cooperation and team work.

His appreciation’s also went to the Parish Priest, Fr. Ralph Asika for finding him worthy to serve for the past two years while the secretary to the committee, Mr. Matthew Okuta, simply thanked God for the success of the whole event as he prayed that they look forward to another successful harvest come 2017.

Among the dignitaries present at the occasion were Chief B.O.D Elendu, the Co- Chief Harvester, Chief Lawrence Ikpebe, the Aunty of the Day, Mrs. Chinedu Obiagu, Uncle of the Day, Mr. Idoko Michael, the Parish CMO Chairman, Dr. Jude Omeje, the harvest family in the persons of the Chukwura’s, the Nwadike’s, the Anunusor’s and many others.

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