Bishop of Mangochi Diocese, the Right Reverend Montfort Stima had condemned male domination in all aspects of life, emphasizing that it needs to have no room in modern society.
Bishop Stima was speaking during celebration of an Easter Sunday mass at St. Louis Catholic Parish in Mangochi.
In his sermon, Sitima insinuated that from the beginning of time God has always regarded men and women equal without favour or segregation, as such it was important that human kind accepted Gods will and started regarding women and men as being at par.
“During Jesus time, among the Jews men were regarded as more important than women as the Gospel reveals time and again, such as on Luke Chapter 10, where of all the people that Jesus fed out of two loaves of bread, only men were counted.
“However, when Jesus was crucified and resurrected, He chose women to be the first ones to know He had risen and women were the first to send the message home about His resurrection as taught on Mark 16: 1-8,” said Sitima.
He translated that this was a clear indication of how Jesus regarded women as important even though He was born and raised in a society that was completely male-dominated.
The Bishop added that it was sad to note how such unfruitful domination continues to reign in current society despite all the lessons and efforts put by the Church, governments and organizations aimed at bridging the gap between men and women.
He said: “Let’s all strive to remove some obstacles in the name of cultural beliefs which are denying women chance to realise their full potential in the economic world. At a time when government is working hard to put in place initiatives that empower women to take up leadership roles, there is need to remove the barriers.”
On encouraging women to stand up for themselves, Bishop Stima expressed disappointment in the way some women look down upon themselves, advising them to stop accepting subjection to inferiority.
The Bishop said so many times women accept their failure by declaring themselves weak, as such they give room for society to abuse them and make them even weaker:
“You can agree with me that sometimes you hear women say things like we have failed to do this or that because men were not here. I say that is not helping in the fight for women empowerment.”
Commenting on the sermon, Chairperson for Catholic WomenOrganization (CWO) at St. Louis Parish Mrs. Irene Silumbu called upon fellow women to be more prayerful and serve God with all their strength.
“The Holy Gospel gives us a classic example of how our fellow women passionately served Jesus even after He was in the tomb; they still wanted to be at His service and show Him how much they loved Him. We too need to have such love and passion for Gods service,” said Silumbu.
Christians across the world believe that Jesus was crucified on Friday, and He resurrected on a Sunday that followed; a period which is widely known as Easter of the Lord.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :