Be more joyful in priesthood, inspire young people-Archbishop Ndlovu

 By Nonhlanhla Ngwenya 

 

Archbishop Ndlovu exhorted priests (and the religious) to be more joyful and impassionate in their vocation in order to inspire the discerning youths and who need to be formed into virtuous youths. 

 

He made the remarks at the Chrism Mass, held on Tuesday the 27th of March 2018 at St Georges College in Harare. 

 

The Chrism Mass, traditionally held the morning of Maundy Thursday during the Holy week, manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop as they witness the blessing of the Holy oils. The oils of the catechumen, the sick and the oil of Chrism. 

 

During the mass, priests and deacons are called to reaffirm their ministry by renewing the promises made at their ordination.

His Grace, Archbishop Ndlovu called on the priests to share in the lives of the people their minister to in their different experiences.

“One important aspect of our priesthood as it was for Jesus, is to share in the different life experiences of God’s people their suffering and joy, their disappointment and hopes.” 

 

“Looking at the socio-economic and political situation in our country at the moment I think we have a reason to be concerned as the shepherds of God’s people, but if we really want to be of help in these human situations that are often complex, let us maintain our proper character and be faithful to our vocation.”

 

“There is no doubt that Christ continuously call young people to be his friend some of them to keep themselves completely for the sake of the kingdom. Believe me vocation will not be lacking if our manner of life is truly priestly, if we become more holy, more joyful and impassionate in the exercise of our ministry.”

 

“They say a priest won by Christ easily win others.” 

 

“The celebration of the gift of Eucharist should be done with utmost reverence, accepting that which God accepts and rejecting that which He rejects. The church should realise the centrality of the Eucharist and not turn the celebration to one of fundraising and vending. The Eucharist gives us eternal life therefore the church needs to take part in the celebration.”

 

Commenting on the transformation urgently needed in Zimbabwe, Archbishop Ndlovu said “Of particular concern this year is the plight of young people, their future. Without any prospects of jobs, they become vulnerable to manipulation by the rich and powerful.”

 

He went on to encourage the priests to be inspired by the theme of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops (Young people, Faith and Vocational discernment) in ‘forming the youths in virtue and not violence. 

 

To the young people, the prelate encouraged them to seek guidance from teachers, parents and priests in times of discernment. 

 

He quoted Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI whose advise to the young people emphasises bravery and a desire for fraternity, justice and peace. 

 

“Dear young people, enticements of all kinds may tempt you. Ideologies, sex, money, drugs, violence and casual sex, be vigilant, those who propose these things to you want to destroy your future.”

 

“In spite of the difficulties do not be discouraged and do not give up your ideals but place Jesus at the centre through prayer, study of scripture, frequent recourse to sacraments, formation in the church social teaching and enthusiastic participation in ecclesial groups and movements. Cultivate a yearning for fraternity, justice and peace.”

 

“With the general elections coming up this year, please do not disappoint us this year by your behaviour.”

 

The Archbishop who concelebrated the mass with Vicar General Rev Fr Kennedy Muguti, Archbishop’s Secretary Fr Patrick Ngwenya and several priests of the Archdiocese. 

 

Hundreds of congregants that included the faithful, religious men and women also witnessed the blessing of the holy oils by the Archbishop. 

 

 

 

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