Last week while in Tennant Creek I was invited to a celebration of the Onam festival. People from Kerala in India, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and Hindus gathered together to eat and have fun together. It was a beautiful family event.
These people thousands of Kilometres from their original homeland were able to get together and enjoy their native homeland celebrations. Not only that but they had genuine respect and love for each other.
I am sure that God was delighted to see this happen.
This is in marked contrast to the atmosphere of fear that so many seem to now have in Afghanistan. In marked contrast with the wars of religion in Europe at the time of the Reformation. I am sure that God would have ‘cried’ in the epic battles between Christians and Muslims in the various crusades.
God loves all His children and all are created in the image of God.
This statement in no way takes away from the uniqueness of Christ the Son of God, God among us.
He died for all and He desires all to be Saved.
He calls us, His disciples, to love all and be instruments of God’s love for all.
Pope Francis called the term ‘holy wars‘ a contradiction. ‘Only peace is holy’ he says!
As Christian disciples, we profess our Faith lovingly and with conviction. We hold to the teachings of Christ and His Church.
It is not about compromising our beliefs.
It is about living our beliefs.
We cannot say that we love God if we do not love our neighbour.