Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed on December 25. Rev. Dr. Abraham Nana Opare Kwakye, the chairperson of Ga Presbytery in a reflection on the church and the message for the Christmas season in the COVID-19 era during the 2nd edition of the conversations in the Cathedral at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Adabraka, asked all not to allow the commercialization of Christmas and the circularization of the season cloud the core message of the season that God is with us.
The Christian body in Accra under the auspices of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra Most Rev. John Bonaveture Kwofie, CSSp gathered at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Adabraka to have a discussion on the theme: “the wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. Isaiah 11:6”
Rev. Dr. Abraham Nana Opare Kwakye said that the season of Christmas must be recognized as a season of love and peace as God gave himself to humanity as a gift and when the angels sang the song, peace to all men on earth “it is important to recognize the love of God in the Christmas celebration” he said.
The Lord commits the calling to show love to those in need and underprivileged. In line with that, he said the church has a part to play to ensure that there is peace especially this Christmas. He continued by urging all to preach peace considering the fact that most Ghanaians are likely Christians and again advised all to have the courage to speak to the politicians without fear or favor that Ghana is worth more than the 15milion that voted.
The Conversations in the Cathedral is an initiative by Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra. It is an ecumenical event to bring together Christian leaders in Accra and all people of good will to discuss issues of common concern and they are permitted to share their views on issues to be discussed.
Rev. Kwakye said that in this trying time, it is very necessary to show love by sharing their little with those who don’t have because lot of people have been badly hit by the COVID- 19 pandemic as schools are still closed since March and most people have lost their jobs.
In terms of maintaining peace during this Christmas, Rev. Kwakye stated that the NDC who claimed they have been cheated in the just ended 2020 general elections which took place on the 7th December and was declared on 9th December 2020 should be advised to solve the matter in a legitimate manner.
Rev. Dr. Abraham Nana Opare Kwakye said that we must remember that “peace is not just sitting down quiet but it is when justice is done.”
By Theresa Kpordzo