Irrespective of the security challenges faced some weeks ago in Jos and environs, the Lord continues to graciously bless us in many ways. The gratitude, joy and faith of the people are irrepressible as witnessed by the large gathering at our Holy Mass today in St. Benedict’s parish Mista Ali, where 335 persons were confirmed, 11 couples wedded and 5 seminarians ordained deacons. The mood was that of optimism, determination and courage. There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. As the readings today urge us, let us keep loving the Lord whole-heartedly and be genuinely charitable to people we meet, considering them one with us, made in the image and likeness of God. This is what can make our world a better place – a world inhabited by people bonded by a loving and united humanity.