Bishop William's Xmas message highlights peace

Bishop William's Xmas message highlights peace

Even as residents of Mysuru region who belong to the Christian community are making arrangements for celebrating Christmas, human relationships are fading and there is a need for the world to pray for peace at home, in the nation and across humanity and especially in one's heart, Bishop K A William said in his Christmas message.

Stating that Christmas is not just a religious celebration, he said, it has social, cultural and commercial dimensions. "We are in the 21st century, with all the progress in science, technology and communication. But we lack goodwill, which is the prerequisite for peace. The cribs, stars, colourful decorations, cakes, Christmas carols remind us of the festive season. Amidst these enticing promotions for sales of consumer goods, we overlook the important aspect of Christmas, its spiritual and moral dimension. Thus, the feast is a challenge as well as an invitation," he said.

Elaborating on challenges, he said, "It's a challenge to our consumerist society, with its idolatry of money and wealth. It is an invitation to share what we have with the less-privileged ones and adopt simplicity and avoid what is not essential. It's a challenge to our war-torn world, filled with hatred, lust, terrorism and violence of various types. It's an invitation to love, brotherhood, justice, mercy, service and goodwill."

Speaking about the problems faced by the people of the community, he said he is happy that the contributions of the people to the society, even though they are a minority with just 2% of the population in India, is immense. "The contribution of the Christian institutions in education, health care and social work is commendable. However, most of the benefits meant for the people of the minority community does not reach them due to various reasons. We have given a representation to the government in this connection. Hope, the government makes sincere efforts to reach the benefits to the needy," he said.

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