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Christ the King is a challenge

The feast of Christ the King dates back to 1925. It came as a response to a building secularism in war ravaged Europe that proved to be the advent of a rampant materialism becoming the bond of the people rather than rather than the spiritual glue of human relationships.
 
It was, in fact, to eventually build the momentum for a second world war.
 
The proclamation of Christ the King was a reminder from Pope Pius XI that Jesus Christ is the divine king who reigns over all. The pope asked people to pray that this king would restore order to the earth and bring about a peaceful co-existence among all nations, as his hand had done to bring order to the chaos of creation.
 
Ninety years later, Hong Kong faces many divisive political issues and the spiritual glue of human relations that can bind society is becoming worn and cracked.
 
The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has now added the National Anthem Law to the Basic Law and in response, Hong Kong has indicated its readiness to begin preparing local legislation to enact it when the time is ripe.
 
Catholic social ethics does not see any contradiction in being a religious person and a good citizen. Quite the opposite, as it encourages people to fulfill their obligations to the state and endeavour to use their abilities in order to create a better society.
 
Another major issue is the passing of a non-binding motion by the Legislative Council on the co-location arrangement for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. Apart from matters of jurisdiction, the heavy-handedly launch of the plan has made it highly controversial.
 
Legal scholar, Eric Cheung Tat-ming, surmises there is a loss of jurisdiction to China involved in the project. He believes, “This may be regarded as doing something that would override or violate the Basic Law. This virtually means that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has authorised the Hong Kong government to contravene the constitution.”
 
The confidence of Hong Kong has taken a bit of a nose dive through such issues which also affects the way in which people see their own identity. A survey conducted by the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong in the middle of this year reveals a significant variation in how people identify themselves.
 
It indicates that around two-thirds of respondents chose Hong Kong people in the broader sense; of the remainder less than half chose a mixed identify of Hong Kong citizens plus Chinese citizens; and the rest identified themselves as Chinese people in the broader sense.
 
Hong Kong does not necessarily resist carrying a Chinese identity. However, if an extreme national sense is imposed on people there will be confrontation and it will be seen as undermining the much cherished freedom of expression entitlement which is part of the heritage of the city.
 
The feast of Christ the King is a challenge to build the kingdom of God on earth, uphold the truth and live out the threefold office of priest, prophet and king in society. SE