On Friday in Ibadan, the Most Rev. Emmanuel Badejo, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo, advised Christians to give to the less fortunate instead of celebrating Christmas in luxury.
In his Christmas sermon, Bishop Badejo offered the following advice: “No real Christmas in conflict and on empty stomachs.”
Badejo declared that in the face of conflict, violence, slaughter, starvation, misery, abuse, and injustice, the world needs the spirit and essence of Christmas: love, peace, and harmony.
He exhorted Christians to concentrate their attention on Jesus by making improvements to people’s lives and mending the world that he came to redeem.
He claims that Jesus Christ is the main figure and the inspiration of the season, which is why Christmas was taken from his name.
“Let us all strive for peace; it is what he came for. God’s love was brought by him; let’s all share it.
This Christmas, consider helping the underprivileged, the ill and suffering, the oppressed, the victims of violence, greed, racism, tribalism, and other injustices.
“Observe the manger to realize how peace and harmony are still elusive in our world today, and do your share to make this Christmas better for everyone around you.
“The purpose of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry was to eradicate all human suffering, chiefly that caused by sin. “Everyone who claims to celebrate Christmas has to follow suit,” he said.