- Nigel Akuani
Denglagu Parish Remembers Divine Mercy Sunday
Call of Return to God’s Mercy and Love
Denglagu, Kundiawa: “Lainim pasin tanim bel long luksave long grasia bilong Papa God. Daunim yumi yet, tok sori na askim long marimari bilong Jises,” said Bishop Joseph Durero SVD of Daru-Kiunga at his Eucharistic celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday.
He made the emphasis during mass on 24th April 2022, in the Denglagu Parish of the Diocese of Kundiawa, and had Parish Priest of Mingende, Fr Cosmas Koble, as the concelebrant. More than a hundred Catholic parishioners from the Kundiawa-Gembogl District of Mitnande LLG, attended the special celebration in reverence of Divine Mercy Sunday.
Bp Durero emphasized in his homily the importance of Divine Mercy Sunday, and said it was a reminder to constantly seek God’s mercy and love. “This Second Sunday of Easter is a reminder for us that through Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, we have been brought closer to God,” he said.
“The times we are currently living in also speak for themselves where we now have conflicting multi-religious and multi-cultural societies bombarded with the rapid advances in technological devices. All these make it very easy for us to lose our way of faith in our redeemer and saviour Jesus Christ,” Bp Durero added.
He gave an account of the story of the apostle Thomas when he first heard of Jesus' resurrection and his almost immediate decision to ‘See first and later Believe’, and reminded faithful of the words of Jesus contained in John 20:29. “Jesus said because you have seen me, you have believed, but blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. He gave us an assurance of God’s mercy and the inheritance of his Father’s kingdom,” he said.
“The story of Thomas tells us that we must always have faith and a strong spiritual connection in Jesus. Faith in Christ is believing in things unseen and the divine workings of the Holy Spirit of God, and we must not submit to the world’s requirements and burden of physical proof,” he further stated.
Stressing the importance for faithful to recognize their purpose amidst such troubling times and, Bp Durero, urged for all Christians to actively steer the multitude into the Good News of Jesus. “We are not here for nothing. Each of us has a purpose here on Earth set by God. We have a responsibility to live by example the Christian faith and to pass it on to the next generations to come,” he said.