By Constaincia Uruakpa
The Grand Knight of Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM), Lekki Sub-Council, Mr. Benji Ofodile has urged Catholics, and Christians at large to study the Bible regularly and imbibe it into their daily living. Ofodile gave the charge at the Grand Finale of the 2021 Bible Quiz Competition organized by the Knights and Ladies of the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba, Lekki Sub-Council. Ofodile disclosed that the quiz competition was held to fulfill one of the objectives of the order, to foster and sustain the work of evangelization and ideals of the Catholic Faith. He said: “This event falls under one of the objectives of the order to embark upon, foster and sustain the work of evangelization of the Catholic Faith and ideals with a view to gaining more converts to the Church. This is reflected in the last stanza of our anthem that states ‘Dear Patron Saint Mulumba, nurture Nigeria. Christ’s banner to raise and charity spread. From sapling to Iroko, our faith shall grow. May we evangelize more by deeds than mere words.
“It was a very wise Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church who exhorted all Christians to recognize that serious Bible study is a necessity, not an optional luxury; and famously stated that, ‘Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.’ That was St Jerome.” On his part, Metro Advocate Udenze Mbanugo, Chairman on the occasion, said that Bible quiz competition is one of the instruments of evengelisation of the Knights of St. Mulumba. He said: The Bible quiz competition is for the participants, as well as the people to learn to read the word, and also try to imbibe it in their everyday life. The bible quiz is a continuum because it is one of the things KSM uses to evangelise. “What we are doing here today, in this competition, is not just an anthem, it is for us to learn and read the word, and also try to imbibe it in our lives, so that we will all be the living Bible around, which is one of the cardinal duties of a Christian because we must mission.
Let our lives be the Bible. Let us mission with our lives. “So, please, the quiz is not just an exercise for all of us; the contestants and all of us who are present; let us try and make it worthwhile by living it out, and spreading the good news.” The MC, Mr. Dan Ugwuoke, while delivering some remarks on the essence of daily Bible reading, noted that it is in reading the Bible regularly that one would be able to hear God, and also use God’s Word as a guiding light in everything they do. “As it is said, ignorance of the word is ignorance of God”, he quipped. The Bible quiz competition was keenly contested among the three parishes in the Lekki Sub-Council, namely: Catholic Church of the Pentecost, Ave Maria Catholic Church, and the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy. The Catholic Church of Divine Mercy emerged overall winner of the competition, while Ave Maria Catholic Church finished in second place, as Catholic Church of the Pentecost finished in the third position.