By Fr. Bernard Holzer, aa
Eight centuries before Christ, God addressed His prophet Isaiah: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths."
We too, during this time of Advent, are called to prepare for the coming of the Lord. How?
In the special context of Hong Kong, the newly installed Catholic Bishop, Bishop Stephen Chow Sau-yan, shows us a path. He would like to work harder to foster the next generation of Catholics, and to build bridges, to be a pacemaker: “It is my desire to be a bridge between the government and the Church in Hong Kong, and between the Catholic Church, fellow Christian denominations and other religions.” It is through understanding, respect and trust that collaboration can become a living culture in the community, he said. “As a local Church, we would very much like to take up a meaningful role to foster healing and connections in our Church and for our hometown,” he said.
In the special time of election in the Philippines, how can I be a peacemaker, sharing my thoughts and my dreams, listening to others, focusing on the common good and working for it? That’s a way to prepare the coming of the Prince of Peace in our midst. With prayers, too.