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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Allocutio on 4 Sept - HOPE

In the antiphon of last Sunday’s mass, we are called as Christians to live in hope. In the First Letter from Peter: “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Pet. 3:15)

The Second Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians: “The God who said, “Out of darkness the light shall shine!” is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ.”

He has called us to live with hope, to account for the hope in us and to see the hope in the midst of undesirable situations. And we do these with the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ.

The Olympics had just ended. On the outset, with the mimicking of a little girl’s voice of joy, it was a game glorifying the more “perfect” sportspeople, a game glorifying the more “beautiful”. But beyond this superficial glorification, we are reminded about the poverty that lies within the rural areas of China. We recall the joy of the original singer in the opening ceremony and lastly, we remember the sportsman running in campaign for life. (Lopez Lomong who ran in campaign against the Darfur genocide)

We affirm hope with the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ and we strive to be a prophetic voice speaking out to protest injustices and indignities.

“The Catholic Church strives to be a prophetic voice, speaking out to protest injustices and indignities against the human person. Catholics will continue in this work, whether our words are popular or unpopular.”

Whether our thinking is popular or unpopular, we shall continue in this thinking of hope that is in communion with the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ. St Augustine warned against misusing the limited knowledge of biology to risk committing homicide. With firmness and clarity in the light of truth, the Church teaches us what is morally right. St Augustine rejected acts against life at every stage for he believed with hope in God having “the power to make up all human deficiencies or lack of development in the Resurrection”. (

Even knowing at the beginning that her Son would die, our Mother embraced and loved Christ. She did not perform euthanasia on Christ but brought him up and remained with him till the end at the foot of the Cross. Our Lord knew He would die but did not choose an easier means of doing so. His agony at the Garden was one of hope in our salvation. "If this cup cannot pass by, but I must drink it, your will be done!" It was a prayer in communion with the knowledge of the Father’s glory..

Thence, with reverence to Him and with gentleness like our Mother, we remind ourselves to be a living account of hope..
And Happie Bdae Mummy! :)

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