AFRICA/NIGERIA - The floods are real, but they do not stop us from worshiping the Lord

Monday, 24 October 2022

Minna (Agenzia Fides) - "The floods are real, but they cannot prevent us from worshiping our God", the bishop of the diocese of Minna, Nigeria, Luka Sylvester Gopep, writes to Agenzia Fides. The occasion was the celebration of World Mission Day in the diocese of Makurdi, adjacent to that of Minna, affected by heavy rains like the rest of the country (see Fides, 19/10/2022).
As the attached video shows, the weather conditions have not prevented the faithful and the priest from gathering to celebrate Holy Mass and commemorate the day. In the church, completely submerged by water, the faithful are seen arranged in an orderly manner in small wooden boats, one of them leading the chants, the priest standing in front of the altar placed so that it does not flood. There is a great recollection for the solemn moment, since the priest distributes the Eucharist to the people who are about to receive it in a serene way despite the fact that the water reaches halfway up their legs, all including the celebrant.
"There is also the spiritual deluge - Msgr. Luka continues-, but like the meteorological one, it must push us towards God, not distance us from Him. Whatever flood comes our way, let us take it to God, He has solutions for everyone".
(AP) (Agenzia Fides, 24/10/2022)