CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 November 2018

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Your right hand O Lord, glorious in power (Exodus 15:6)

In the Book of Exodus, there is a fine description of the wondrous deliverance of the people of Israel from slavery to the Egyptians. This narrative refers not only to the history of a particular nation. It is a prophetic pre-figurement of the salvation of the whole human race by our Lord Jesus Christ, of redemption and salvation from the terrible bondage to death and corruption. 
 
The incarnation of God the Word reveals the value and majesty of human existence. Humanity, created in the image and likeness of God, constitutes the peak and summation of the divine creation. God bestowed on humans the divine gift of freedom, a gift that allows them to make constant progress. 
 
However, the bad use of freedom, disobeying the will of God, and humans acting autonomously against the life-giving God, led to the fall and to the terrible consequences of corruption. 
 
Violence, the relaxing of morals, racism, intolerance, war, social inequality, hunger and poverty, the limiting of human rights, economic inequality, the refugee problem, the destruction of the environment, all testify to the impoverishment of humanity and the devaluation of its God-given value.
 
Our Lord Jesus Christ came to restore humankind to its original glory and to abolish the world of division, alienation, racial discrimination and hatred. Christian ideals are, par excellence, peace, freedom, brotherhood, love, and social justice. All of these, combined with Christian faith, can achieve the reformation of the spiritual and cultural identity of the world.
 
As Christians, we are called daily to preach to our broken world the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15) and to reveal the sacredness and majesty of humanity as the image of God. We are called to contribute to inter-Christian co-operation and inter-religious understanding. Let us work for the elimination of all forms of oppression that deprive man of the God-given gifts of freedom, peace and equality.
 
We believe that as God’s fellow workers we can work towards this ministry together with all people of good will, who love true peace, for the good of the society in which we live, and so that love and peace between peoples may prevail.
 

 

• Diocesan Ecumenical Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Church
• The Ecumenical Patriarchate Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia
• Church Unity and Relations Committee Hong Kong Christian Council



January 2018