PULAU TIKUS, Penang – The Order of Friars Minors (OFM)…
KOTA KINABALU – In his Advent message Archbishop John Wong calls on the faithful to transcend the mundane.
“Advent is a season to transcend ourselves from the mundane. It is an opportune time to ‘go inward,’ re-examining our Christian faith and the way we live it in today’s world,” he says.
The message, released on 18 Nov 2017, touches on the ‘waiting’ aspect that characterises the Advent Season for the second coming of the One who is “the light that dispels the darkness of sin,” the “hope in the sea of misery,” and “our strength in the adversities of life.”
The prelate exhorts the people to focus on the essentials, not the superfluous, through faith by spending more time in prayer, reflection on the Word of God, frequenting the Eucharist, reconciling with God through confession, and making time to visit the lonely and needy.
This is because, he adds, “our faith in the incarnated God demands us to reach out to others, especially the lapsed, the lost, the least, the last and the lonely.”
He points out that living in apathy is “contradictory to our faith.”