AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - A Bishop: "The pandemic is an opportunity for Christians to renew their faith"

Friday, 4 September 2020 bishops   coronavirus  

Juba (Agenzia Fides) - The Coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity for our spiritual growth because it "poses the fact that we renew our faith in Jesus Christ taken from his who assurance to all of our humanity and Christians that he came so that we may have a full life", says His Exc. Mgr. Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, Bishop of Tombura-Yambio in South Sudan, in a message to his diocese. "This insurance is not in a vacuum and it is the son of God who is God himself who told us that he came so that we may have life and life in abundance".
Thanks to this certainty, Mgr. Hiiboro affirms that Christians should not lose hope or faith because of the pandemic, but should instead "remain to stand firm and strong knowing that our Savior has actually saved us".
To this end, the Bishop offers some indications to the faithful: "We need to renew this faith in ourselves first of all. That’s why I call it an opportunity for us to be in touch with ourselves, with our God, with our creator, and that conviction itself helps us in our behavior. The way we will be talking to people, we talk from the point of view of the strength that we believe in the God who has given us life in abundance; the way we reach out to each other, our gestures should be grounded in God".
Mgr. Hiiboro asks everyone to do their duty with the awareness of the salvation given by Christ: "In our workplaces, where we are delivering our services, we need to consider elements of integrity and authenticity because by so doing, we will be offering the abundance of life that God has assured".
"In the same way in moments of serious difficulties, for instance, if the disease has affected us or a member of our family, or maybe our businesses, we still need to have strong faith in God because, amid such storms of life, God has never abandoned us, He will never abandon us. Let us not lose hope in Him. Let us not despair or live in self-pity because that is for people who do not believe in God", he concludes. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 4/9/2020)