My Christmas Wish

My heart bleeds to see the wrangling that has been happening currently. What more pain have we inflicted on the Man who died for us on the cross in Calvary? Each time we take a jab against the other, we are ripping apart the very fabric of our faith. Whether unwittingly or intentionally, by squabbling openly in public, we have created an unsavoury image of what our beliefs are all about. Verily, this does not augur well in promoting Christianity as a whole and Roman Catholicism in particular.

Pray, my sisters in Christ, that He may take away your antipathies. We, the defenders of the faith, are reflections of Christ in how we live. What we say, what we do and how we interact in the community reveals a great deal about the religion we practice. I am a neophyte, the newest among the three of us to take this walk with Jesus. I have plenty to learn. I need reinforcement from time to time to strengthen my conviction in God. I look to you two, especially your writings, whenever I need to remind myself that I am not alone in this journey in Roman Catholicism blogosphere in Malaysia.

Bring to an end this tit for tat which is not doing you two any good. As St. Paul wrote to the Church in Galatia: After all, brothers, you were called to be free; do not use your freedom as an opening for self-indulgence, but be servants to one another in love, since the whole of the Law is summarised in the one commandment: You must love your neighbour as yourself. If you go snapping at one another and tearing one another to pieces, take care: you will be eaten up by one another. (Ga 5:13-15 NJB)

In the spirit of Christmas, I urge both of you to extend peace and goodwill to each other. There is no rift so wide that it cannot be bridged. Let us offer each other olive branches and let bygones be bygones. Let us celebrate the birth of our Saviour with a contrite heart, love for one another and as faithful servants of God. This is one gift I am absolutely certain Jesus will be very happy to receive. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and bring you both into reconciliation.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

3 thoughts on “My Christmas Wish”

  1. Matthew 5:38: “You have heard that it was said: ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’.”

    Matthew 5:39: “But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

    Romans 12:17-18 says, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

    Matthew 6:9-13 “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: [For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.]”

  2. JustMe,

    If only we take time to understand all these verses and not shoot from the hips first.

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