Church to heighten war on graft during Lent

By Rose Achiego

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) through its Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) is committed to escalating the anti-corruption campaign through the promotion of stewardship (commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service).

In his 2020 Lenten Campaign message, the Chairman of KCCB – Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa, said this year’s Lenten Campaign, whose theme is Stewardship for a Transformed Nation… My obligation, should take cue and address how the Church can continue the fight against corruption launched on 5th, October, 2019 at Subukia in Nakuru.

Bishop Oballa, who is also the Ordinary of Ngong, added that stewardship could spur the country to greater heights.

“In stewardship, we believe that everything God created is good. Man was created in the image and likeness of God and was commanded to govern creation rationally to bring forth fruit from the earth,” he said.

In that regard, he said, those who are baptised have a special responsibility to share the kingly, prophetic and priestly life of Christ.

“Our stewardship must imitate that of Christ. Everything we have and are belong to God. We are simply managers or administrators acting on His behalf,” he said.

This Lent season, the Christian faithful are called to examine how they have exercised the gift of stewardship from God. It should be a period of deep soul-searching and a call to conversion.

For the next five weeks beginning 22nd, February 2020, Christians will be expected to reflect on weekly topics.

The topics will look at Responsible Farming, Youth and Development, how people have handled the natural resources and how they can be improved in response to Pope Francis’ invitation in his encyclical Laudato Si’, taking care of ‘Our Common Home’ – the earth and issues of leadership and accountability shall also be discussed.

In Week Five, Sanctity of Life and Dignity shall be discussed as every human person is created in the image and likeness of God hence people must respect the dignity of life from conception to its natural end.

Lent in the Catholic Church is the period in the liturgical calendar from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday (Sundown). This annual commemoration prepares the faithful through prayer, repentance, giving alms and self-denial. The event is linked to the Passion of Christ and the celebration of his Resurrection. It is also in this liturgical period that catechumens are baptised on Easter.