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Fr. Nnamdi Moneme OMV is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary currently on missionary assignment in the Philippines. He serves in the Congregations’ Retreat Ministry and in the House of Formation for novices and theologians in Antipolo, Philippines. He blogs at www.toquenchhisthirst.wordpress.com.
2Sam 5:1-3; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43
“He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”
A few weeks after I emigrated from Nigeria to the United States, I had to take a driving test to secure my driving license. My Nigerian friend who had been in the United States many years before I arrived offered to help me prepare for the test. These were his words to me on the first day of our driving lessons, “All that you know about driving from your years of driving in Nigeria, I want you to forget it all.” I was a little bit offended and asked why. He answered me, “This is a different country. If you drive here in the United States the same way you drive in Nigeria, you will be in jail and I do not have money to bail you out.”
He might have been exaggerating a bit but there was truth in his words. I had to put aside old habits to learn a new way of driving in a foreign country. His point was clear to me: a new country demands a new way of acting if I wanted to enjoy the freedom of that country. …