I have observed that many parishes in their prayer of the Faithful have included one particular petition “Praying for change.”
I don’t know what changes they are referring to. I am assuming that they are referring to a change in the Government’s administration.
This is a very appropriate moment as the 13th General Election is around the corner. If that being the case, I am wondering as to whether we are walking the talk.
Many in our midst have a lackadaisical attitude towards the election, more so in the country’s political situation. They get agitated when this issue is addressed from the pulpit. For that matter many are not even registered as voters.
We have been threatened by unscrupulous groups of people who want to burn our bibles because they contain the word “Allah.”
We know that this issue is being politicized.
Even though the authorities know that this would create a racial and religious tension, they have never called up or reprimanded those who are doing so.
Are we as Catholics going to stand gaping and being complacent about the issues surrounding us?
Fr Steven Liew of St Michael’s Church Ipoh has emphasized the seriousness of our contribution, that Catholics have to be aware that political involvement is a part of our faith, for without political involvement our faith is dead. This relates well to this year being the “Year of Faith”.
Many feel that addressing political issues in church is a crime.
Let us be bold enough to face the reality and understand the glaring issues of today. Please stop criticizing your priest for creating awareness to people in the church.
Basil St John