Catholic Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr) Michael Odogwu Elue, has stressed the need for people, particularly Christians, to render humble and committed service to the society without counting the cost or in expectation of some reward or societal honour, saying they should be happy to serve and to rejoice with those privileged to be honoured for their selfless service.
Elue stated this on Saturday at the investiture ceremony for 15 recepients of prestigious papal knighthood awards and medals as recently announced in the Vatican by Pope Francis, held at Saint Paul’s Cathedral Church, Issele-Uku, Delta State.
The event, which climaxed with Eucharistic Celebration attended by thousands of worshippers and numerous personages, was also graced by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his Delta State counterpart, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, who was represented by Secretary to Delta State Government, Patrick Ukah.
According to Elue, “Now, my dear people, what we have actually come to witness today is the shinning examples of an ideal life; we have come to see how selflessness
and dedication pay, already here on Earth, we have come to see loyalty and obedience and we have come to see good examples of loving God through humble services to humanity.”
While congratulating the recipients of the papal awards on the honour, the cleric charged them never to loose sight of the fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was the standard in humble service to humanity irrespective of race and creed as he is the Light of the world.
The bishop harped on the need for selfless service in perpetual humility and whatever capacity people find ourselves, saying although most members of the church and society were deserving of similar honour and formal recognition, only a handful were often chosen to represent recognition and adulation of committed selfless service.