Archbishop says don't just focus on material wealth in CNY message


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 03 Feb 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Christians, especially Catholics, are urged to remember those who are in despair, the needy and people who are forgotten as well as marginalised as the Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Head of the Catholic churches in Sabah Archbishop John Wong said as the Chinese begin the Lunar New Year or Spring festival, they should not only focus on material goods.

“As we begin the New Year, I pray we do not only pursue material wealth, which would not satisfy our spiritual thirst. We must above all remember to pray and to listen to the teachings of the Lord,” he said in his Chinese New Year message Sunday.

He said the pursuit of spiritual wealth cannot be understated, having witnessed the rise of suicide among young people who have found life empty, meaningless, directionless and purposeless.

“Let us enter into the season of spring with hope so that they would be renewed,” Archbishop Wong said.

“As such, we are called to bring this new hope to those who live in despair, especially those who are marginalised, abandoned and forgotten; those resorting to drugs, wasting their life and youthfulness; and the elderly ones who long for love and concern,” he added.

He also reminded Catholics celebrating Chinese New Year to look back at recent events, starting from the elections, change of government and many important matters in Sabah, and the nation as a whole.

Referring to a Chinese saying, Archbishop Wong said, "A peaceful nation provides peace for her people."

“It speaks of the significance of a nation that is led by leaders who are fair, just and honest,” he said.

Therefore, it is important to have state and national legislators who would ensure political stability, are able to enhance the people’s life with peace and happiness.

“Let us continue to pray for our nation and leaders, as prayer is the most effective force to guide our leaders as they tend to the needs of our people,” he said.

Archbishop Wong also urged the people to offer charity, care, humility, tolerance, fairness, justice, and integrity to society for the betterment of the people.

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