As many of you know, I tend to be rather busy and have little time to write about myself. Even when I can find time to write, I'd much rather write on matters that relate to the teachings of the Church than about myself. But it's usually a custom for me, as we approach the end of each year, to write something on the year that has been. The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate the extent to which I have lived my life responsibly and fruitfully in service of God and neighbour; to discern if I have loved well with my life.
We are approaching the third year of a raging pandemic that has affected people in many different ways, good and bad. These past two years, despite the halt in my routine travels around the region and beyond, have been eventful, to say the least. To express my thoughts and feelings about my experiences in totality this past year would be to attempt the impossible. It might be best to just highlight some important milestones from various parts of the year leading to this Christmas season.
The novel coronavirus intruded into human space in 2019 (hence the abbreviation Covid-19), but the threat that it was became truly alarmingly apparent only in 2020. It was this year that changed the course of human history in many ways.
ADAKAH KITAB SUCI ORANG KRISTIAN TELAH DIPESONGKAN ATAU DIUBAH?
Surat terbuka ini ditujukan dengan penuh hormat kepada:
YB Dr Nik Muhammad Zawawi bin Haji Salleh
Ahli Parlimen Pasir Puteh
Saya merujuk kepada kenyataan Yang Berhormat dalam Dewan Rakyat pada tanggal 26 Ogos 2020 bahawa Kitab Injil, iaitu Kitab Suci Umat Kristian, telah dipesongkan atau diubah. Kenyataan yang telah diucapkan oleh Yang Berhormat telah melukakan perasaan orang-orang Kristian di negara kita. Tetapi apa yang lebih penting lagi adalah hakikat bahawa kenyataan Yang Berhormat itu sebenarnya salah dan tidak sesuai dengan fakta sejarah.
Part of my little adventure in theological exploration this season has pertained to getting a feel of the state of Western theology is in its method and approach and extent today. In fact, there is something in me that actually "longs" to undertake a postgraduate course of study with an institution in the West for this purpose, but insisting on that would be unwise. As a result of these little explorations and internal conversations, I have drawn some very preliminary conclusions on theology in the West as it stands today.
In the past five days, I've been receiving numerous messages on my Facebook wall, through Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp messages, and in person, all being warm wishes and kind birthday greetings from friends whom I have known, some whom I have just got to know, and even many whom I don't really know. These greetings are a stark reminder that I have just hit a major milestone in my life: I have just completed a full four decades of my life. No matter how hard I try to tell myself it's just another birthday, no big deal, I can't shake the reality off that it's a 40th birthday, and that's what makes it significant.
I have been away from Malaysia for almost a month, trotting through various countries beginning with the Middle-East and then on to some other European countries. This is the longest consecutive duration I had been away from my own country in the past 18 years. It was a great (and rather expensive) experience reading life, scrutinising cultures, observing faith.
A Holy Thursday Reflection
Holy Thursday. On this night, we see our priests performing perhaps one of the most humble priestly actions we get to observe in an entire liturgical year, that is, the liturgical action of washing the feet of twelve men seated before him. It is not just the man who performs this action, for he does it in the person of Christ. It is not just a pretend drama, for it is mean to be a real reenactment of the very same action that our Lord performed in the Upper Room on the night of the Holy Passover. Christ washes our feet again.