By Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama

Governments at all levels in the country have been called upon to channel the nation’s resources towards human capacity building and productive ventures, so that the God-given talents of every Nigerian can be harnessed to make the country great and for the common good of humanity.


This admonition was given by the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama in his homily at the celebration of the Mass for the 33rd Sunday of the Church Year, 2020; held at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Sabon Lugbe, Abuja.


Using the readings of the day to buttress his point, Archbishop Kaigama stated that the readings emphasized dignity of every human person, especially women; the need for every human person to utilize his or her talents for the common good; and the necessity to work and be productive and responsible in doing what God has given us to do.


According to the Archbishop, the first reading, from the book of Proverbs 31, describes an ideal woman pointing out that: “As the man is the head of the house, a woman is the pillar of her home. Every good wife supports her home and helps her husband to build a good Christian family.” He added that the reading emphasized “the nobility of women, protected from both cultural and religious practices that are inhuman.”


 The local ordinary of Abuja Archdiocese noted that the second reading and the Gospel focused on the things we should be doing while waiting for the second coming of Christ, noting that no human being is useless in the world because each person has a God-given talent according to each person’s ability, and what is essential is the utilization of these talents for the benefit of the society.


While calling on the faithful to utilize their God-given talent well, to contribute to the Church and the wider society, Archbishop Kaigama stressed: “Each one of us is given a gift that corresponds to his or her ability”. He added that why the nation is not progressing well is because; “we fail to make the necessary sacrifices and transparency that could propel us to greatness”.



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