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Fiji Needs Jesus: Archbishop Chong

Like the Israelites, we need Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed of God to reset our lives and keep the balance in the earth’s ecosystem.
22 Dec 2020 21:27
Fiji Needs Jesus: Archbishop Chong
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong.

“Our government needs Jesus. Our traditional chiefs need Jesus. Our politicians need Jesus. The industries need Jesus. Fiji and the whole world need Jesus to be born again in our lives.”

This was part of the Christmas message shared by the head of the Catholic church of Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong.

Titled Poor Christmas, he said what Fiji needed was not values of the secular world; but the values preached by the world’s religions, values that come from divine truths.

“I pray that Christmas will be a graced time to reset our lives according to God’s plan.”

In his message, Archbishop Chong outlined the context of the Christmas story.

“Ever since Israel was exiled in Babylon (587BC), Jews were attacked, conquered, and oppressed. Israel is a ‘landscape of cries.’ Israel experienced brokenness, vulnerability, and the danger of being reduced to nothing – to non-being.

“But something happened that changed everything; that reset life of the nation – Jesus the Christ.”

He said Jesus gave meaning, purpose and a mission to his disciples.

In Fiji’s context, Archbishop Chong said even before climate change destroys us, we are destroying our environment, land, rivers, oceans and people.

He pointed to extractive and logging businesses as the cause of death to many living creatures.

“COVID-19 has added to peoples’ suffering and poverty.”

The latest catastrophe, category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa has added to this, Archbishop Chong said.

“Like the Israelites, we need Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed of God to reset our lives and keep the balance in the earth’s ecosystem. We need Jesus Christ to reset our lives. We need to the teachings of Jesus; of love, justice, truth, honesty, peace, human dignity, freedom, and care for creation.”

 



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