As expected, the church was filled to capacity as parishioners were anxious for more of what God had in store for them.
As usual, the day started with Rosary prayers, praise and worship and a song ministration titled “carry your candle” and the famous “Let it shine” beautifully rendered by the Harp of David music ministry.
The atmosphere was so filled with the Holy Spirit that you wouldn’t find anyone dozing; children and adults alike.
The theme for day 2 was “Let your good works be seen” taken from the gospel of Saint Matthew 5: 14-16 delivered by the Spirit filled Rev. Fr. Isaac Frimpong.
To set the ball rolling, Fr. made reference to the Bible text in John 2 which talks about the wedding at Cana. He said that just as the chief waiter commented that the good wine had been hidden till now, so has our good works been hidden. He reiterated that to let our good works be seen is to produce what we have within.
In order to let our good works be seen, we must first of all know what good works are. Our good works are the corporal and spiritual works of Mercy. I believe most of us have forgotten what they are but in this year of Mercy, the church reminds us to practice them with extraordinary love.
Rev. Fr. Frimpong took his time to list and explain these works of mercy which come together to form our good works. Here they are;
- Instructing the ignorant; when we meet people who do not know Christ and his saving power, it is our duty as Christians to show them the right way instead of making fun of them or looking down on them.
- Praying for the suffering and dead; it is our duty as Christians to feel the pain of others, have compassion for them and pray for them.
- Feed the hungry and thirsty physically and spiritually. Many people are hungry both for physical and spiritual food which we should be able to provide once it’s within our reach.
- Encourage those who have lost hope Romans 5:5 “and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us”(NIV)
Everyone who has love has good works, he said.
- Clothe the naked; many of us have more than enough clothes while others are struggling with one or none. Most of our clothes are only collecting dust but we find it difficult to lend a helping hand to those in need. In this Jubilee year of mercy, let us make it our aim to clothe the naked.
- Visit and pray for the sick; a visit or a word of prayer and encouragement can lift the spirit of the sick.
- Visit the imprisoned; some people have been wrongly convicted and rejected by family and friends. If we find time to visit them, we encourage them to have a hope that we are with them in prayers and waiting for them.
- Forgiveness; Psalm 130, 1 Thessalonians 5:15
Fr. Frimpong also elaborated on how to let your good works be seen. He said, one must aim at it, pursue it and stir it (2 Timothy 1:6).
He also said that our good works glorify God (John 15:8), give life to somebody and gives love a meaning for those who have not experienced it.
Day two ended with a time of prayer. I can’t wait for tomorrow, it promises to be amazing.