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Pope Francis on MASS MEDIA and name

2013-03-16 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Addressing the media as “dear friends”, Pope Francis spoke of how the role of mass media continues to grow and how it is indispensible for telling the stories of contemporary society. The Pope thanked the media for the service they have rendered over these past days, jokingly remarking on how hard the media has been working. He spoke about the complexity of recounting historical events like the election of a pope and of how important it is to present such an event in the light of Faith. “The Church” – he said – “does not respond to an earthly logic” and can be difficult to communicate effectively because “the nature of the Church is spiritual, not political”. This is the only perspective in which the work of the Church can be presented, said Pope Francis.

“Christ”, he continued, “is the centre, not the Successor of Peter…Christ is the reference point at the heart of the Church, without Him, Peter and the Church would not exist”. The protagonist of all these events, said the Pope, is the Holy Spirit: “it was He who inspired the decision of Benedict XVI for the good of the Church, it was He who inspired the choice of the Cardinals”. It is important to keep this in mind, he added, as we try to interpret the events of the past few days.

Pope Francis then reflected on what he called the “trinity of communication: Truth, Goodness and Beauty”. “We are not called to communicate ourselves, but this trinity…the Church exists to communicate Truth, Goodness and Beauty”.

The Pope then departed from his prepared speech to recount why he chose the name “Francis”. Some people, he said, still don’t understand whether he named himself after Francis Xavier or Francis De Sales or St Francis of Assisi. He described how, during the conclave, he was seated beside the Archbishop Emeritus of Sao Paolo and Cardinal Claudio Hummes, a close friend of his. “When the matter became dangerous” – said Pope Francis – “he c

omforted me”. And when the votes were being counted and it was clear the Pope had been elected, the Cardinals began to applaud and Cardinal Hummes “embraced me and kissed me and said: ‘Don’t forget the poor’…and that struck me…the poor…Immediately I thought of St Francis of Assisi…Francis was a man of peace, a man of poverty, a man who loved and protected creation.” That, said Pope Francis, is how the name came to mind. “How I would love a Church that is poor and for the poor” – he added.

 The Pope then continued his account of the name choice by saying how some had suggested he take the name Pope Adrian, because of his association with reforming the Church. And in reference to the fact that he is a Jesuit, the Pope added how others said he should call himself Clement XV to get back at Clement XIV who suppressed the Society of Jesus in 1773…
Pope Francis concluded his encounter with representatives of mass media from all round the world by extending his best wishes to them, their work and their families.

He imparted his apostolic blessing, however, in silence – out of respect, he said, for the fact that “not everyone present belongs to the Catholic faith and others do not believe.” “I respect the conscience of each one of you”, he said, “knowing that each one of you is a Child of God.May God bless you”.

2016

posted Mar 27, 2016, 8:42 AM by Myanmar Signis

EASTER MESSAGE, 2016

OF

Bishop Filex Lian Khen Thang

(Bishop of Kalay and President of CBCM)

 

Your Eminence, Archbishops and Bishops, Priests, Religious and all the Faithful in Myanmar and Abroad,

The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of the deepest desire of human hearts. We thirst for the living God, the fullness of joy, peace, love, truth.  As the hind longs for the running waters, so my soul longs for you, O God. Athirst is my soul for God, the living God (Ps. 42:2-3).

Easter is springtime which brings new life and new significance of our existence. It is the time of hope, a time that always points to the future, to a harvest, to a re-created, renewed world.

At Easter, we taste in a special way the life of grace, the sharing of the supernatural life of the Christian because we have purified our souls at lent, joined Christ on the way of the cross, taken to heart his teaching about the pleasures and vanity of world, realised the bitterness, emptiness and malice of sin.

The resurrection of Christ is a powerful call to apostolate: to be light and to carry the light to others. To do this we must be united to Christ. St. Paul gave a motto to the Christians at Ephesus: ‘to fill everything with the spirit of Jesus, placing Christ at the centre of everything. (1:10).Amen.

He has triumphed over death; he has overcome sorrow, anguish and the power of darkness…In him we find everything. Outside of him our life is empty. So, may we never die through sin: may our spiritual resurrection be eternal. “He loves each one of us as if there were only one of us” (St. Augustine)

Flowers are blooming everywhere, birds songs are in the air. Spring is unfolding her treasures, and wants us all to share. An Easter wish, a loving prayer that God will keep you in His care; and in His goodness, may He bless Your Easter Day with happiness.

Have a beautiful and wonderful Easter Day!

Your brother In the Risen Lord,

Msgr. Felix Lian Khen Thang

(Bishop of Kalay and President of CBCM)

Easter message

posted Mar 27, 2016, 8:33 AM by Myanmar Signis   [ updated Mar 27, 2016, 8:36 AM ]


"We are washed by the blood of Jesus"

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Easter breaks forth like a river in the long desert. It is a very special Easter today to the people of Myanmar.  The river of democracy is slowly spreading its splendor in the long desert of hopelessness.   We people of Myanmar today celebrate Easter with signs of resurrection around us.  It is the early morning of Easter in Myanmar.  Happy Easter.

Christ who was raised on the Cross, the tree of torture has resurrected. The darkness of the Good Friday is being dispelled by Christ. The Cross becomes the tree of hope. Our faith started with the tree, the tree of knowledge, the tree in the Garden of Eden, the tree of fallen nature. But that poisonous tree of Adam and Eve is replaced by the salvific tree of the second Adam.  Christ who was killed on the Cross, through his blood has washed the sins of humanity.  Hatred has given way to love.

  Vengeance has given way to forgiveness and reconciliation. Jesus reconciles us today to the Father.  For a sin filled human nature, Christ death was purification. As Peter extols with Joy:  He himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree that we, having died to sins, might live for righteous - by his wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2: 24).  That is the message of Easter:  Oh sinful humanity, Oh hateful humanity, your sins are forgiven and your hatred is turned into hope by the extra ordinary sacrifice of Jesus and his blood. This is the season of hope. In this world of suffocating darkness of hope, history proves that resurrection is the hope that continues in the human hearts and in the human history.

History   is full of men who brought this hope of resurrection through their noble acts.  Think of Abraham Lincoln.  For thousands of black slaves buried in the tombs of slavery, he was to announce a resurrection of freedom.  But white hatred thirsted for his blood, as the Jews thirsted for the blood of Jesus.  Lincoln was killed, not on the Cross, but by a bullet of hatred. But his blood proved to be stronger.   It started the washing of the racial hatred of Americans.  Streaks of resurrection pierced through the dark clouds of hatred.

Martin Luther King Jr, had a dream. A dream that human beings would not be judged by the color of their skins but by their characte. For millions of African Americans he was the hope, the light set on the city of hope. But hatred, white supremacists’ anger thirsted for his blood. He was also raised on the tree of hatred and killed with a bullet.  But his innocent blood has washed the hatred. Today a black man occupies the White house, once considered impossibility. For  millions of black A

mericans Obama is a sign that  peoples enslaved in tombs of  despair will rise again like Jesus who won over his death.

Nelson Mandela bore on his body innumerable tortures and humiliations.  When he was released he was to empty the tombs of hatred by calling for reconciliation among races. By a single act of reconciliation, Mandela proved to be signs of resurrection to a long suffering nation.

Myanmar is not left behind. Think of General Aung San.  He was working for an integral liberation of Economic and political freedom.  Even before the dawn of freedom, his blood was spilled.   The country was healed of the mutual hatred among the people.  Myanmar is today can claim to be a nation because of the blood of Aung San.

Today we see another resurrection:  Resurrection of hope in a frail woman: Aung San Sui Kyi. She was also raised on the tree of suffering for more than 15 years in the jail.  Darkness was penetrating Myanmar for more than 50years.   Daw Aung San Sui Kyi’s suffering and her fortitude amidst the suffering has brought the resurrection of freedom.  Today Myanmar can wake up into a dawn of hope because people like Aung San Sui Kyi are willing to be wounded but using that suffering as a redemptive suffering. A new nation is born today and nurtures the resurrection of hope of freedom, peace, prosperity and human development.

This is the season of Resurrection. This is the season of Hope to my people. Let the people of Myanmar celebrate this tree of hope. 

We celebrate today the victory of cross, the tree of salvation. Christ was wounded on the Cross and his blood flowed from the Cross.  Cross was a scandal to the Jews. As St Paul proudly proclaims we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (I Cor 1: 23) The tree of the cross was not a tree of shame, but a tree of salvation.   The first Adam disobeyed when he sought the tree of knowledge.   People in the desert disobeyed Moses and God but they were saved by the serpent raised like a tree.  Christ identified himself with the tree.  He laid in the wooden manger as a child, was a carpenter working with the wood and he would die on a wood, Cross. 

All over the world trees are like Jesus.  Trees take the toxic carbon in the air and convert them into life giving oxygen.  Trees save life.  Christ is the tree of salvation.   He takes the toxic sins on himself as St Peter says: He bore our sins in His Body on the Cross, so that we might die  sin and live in righteousness.  (1 Peter 2: 24).  He is the eternal tree of life. By taking our wounds he gives back our life. We are healed by his wounds.

Easter calls for this understanding to move out of evil, the power of sin. At the personal challenge, our life can be like the tree of Knowledge of the Genesis whose toxic fruits mad our first parents to lose their relationship with God.  Sin is crouching at the door, waiting to devour anyone. (I Pet.5:8).  Often we have crucified ourselves into self-defeating pessimism. ‘Sour pusses’ as the Pope calls us, people with a cemetery mentality of seeing everything in a depressing lens, never allowing life to establish itself.  The defeatist mentality is a tomb that seals our lives and refuses to open to the spirit of forgiveness.  Judas Iscariot buried himself in the tomb of guilt whilst Peter saw God’s mercy and rose from his tomb of despair. Those of us who believe in the resurrection are called to come out of our self-made tombs of despair, hatred and hopelessness. The year of mercy is a clarion call.   The Pope calls us to be merciful with ourselves.  Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful (Lk 6:36).   For many of us buried in the tomb of guilt and sin, Pope Francis is calling us to return to the Lord in  forgiveness. “No

sin is greater than God’s mercy” says the Holy Father. Forgiving others, reconciling with those whom we wounded and adopting a positive attitude are signs of people of Resurrection.

As a Catholic Community we need to be signs of hope to this nation.  We were persecuted; we were buried in the tombs of poverty, oppression and denial of rights.  For many of us it has been a long way of the Cross. We were Good Friday people sometimes doubting where there was a Holy Saturday. We even wondered whether there would be an Easter Sunday in this country.   But God is God of History.  He speaks through the signs of times.  I strongly believe that Myanmar’s resurrection from its painful past is occurring.  We as a community need to stand witness to that Easter of hope.  In the recently concluded national seminar on Nation Building, the church has planned to contribute towards nation building through peace and reconciliation,  human development through education and affirmation of the rights of our indigenous brothers and sisters.

This nation has been wounded by man-made and natural disasters.  Myanmar needs healing.  Past cannot be undone.  So many groups have been wounded.  As St John talks of the conditions of early Christians in the book of Revelations:    And the Lord said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  (Rev 7:14)   our country men and women have coming out of great tribulations.   This nation was crucified on th

e cross of injustice.  Refugees, unsafe migrants, war affected people, the poor, drug victims and human trafficking victims. How can we forget hundreds of our country men and women who languished in jails or even those who gave their life for the freedom of this country? 

The blood of the lamb makes all wounds healed. All robes soaked in blood of hatred.  They are to be soaked in the blood of the lamb and reconciled.  Past is a pestering wound in this nation.  But as a nation we need to heal.   Forgiveness need to lead towards peace with justice.    Jesus calls for ‘forgiving seventy times seven’ (Mt 18:22). 

This nation has seen the way of the cross; the wounded Christ is brought down from the cross from 2010. We witness streaks of hope and resurrection. But all of us, leaders of this nation, ethnic groups, the people of Myanmar need to learn from history.  

Myanmar started as a peaceful nation.  The preferential treatment of one religion in this country from 1956 was the first wound. The ill treatment of other religions have caused the chronic conflicts and displacements.   Srilanka which took the same path and saw conflict and blood bath has a leader who is willing to heal and reconcile.  That nation is journeying towards peace and prosperity.  The leaders of this nation need to heal this wound of discrimination of the ethnic and religious minorities.  No justice no peace. Good Friday will continue for this nation.   Injustice need to be washed by the blood of reconciliation. Historical wounds need to heal.  In the 1960s an arrogant military power snatched the educational institutions ran by Christians.   Christians were targeting th

e poor and those in the margin for education. Denial of this right for the last sixty years has resulted in making this nation a partly educated nation.   Education is a fundamental right.  A deliberate policy of not educating our youngsters exposed them to modern forms of slavery in the nearby countries, to drug menace, to human trafficking. Youth is a wounded generation. True reconciliation is possible. We buried three generation of our people without a good education.   I urge all concerned “do not crucify our youth in   the tomb of self-pity” offer them the hopes of a bright tomorrow through quality  education.

Pope Francis has extolled the church to be a Easter message to the poor.  The third message of Year of Mercy is to be compassionate to the Poor and the vulnerable people. Despite all the restrictions, Myanmar Church has never hesitated to serve the poor, especially through the boarding schools, through Leprosy  asylums, HIV centers, through its numerous programs. Following the guidelines of Pope Francis in the  JOY OF THE GOSPEL, Church will reach out those in the ‘margins’ of the society and bring the hope of Easter.

To all my Christian brothers and Sisters, “Happy Easter”, once again! You are Christians and Myanmar citizens. Confidently take your place in this new nation. We are not a Good Friday people, we are a Easter people. We generate hope.  Let not our small size brighten us.  Always remember the words of Jesus.

Jesus said:  Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."  (Mathew 17: 20-21)

Yes, my dear brothers and sisters, as Easter people let us assume this role of moving mountains of human tragedies and bring a hope a new Myanmar of peace, prosperity and fellowship.  Be the people of faith and hope.  Let us move the mountains.   HAPPY EASTER!

Cardinal Charles Bo.

2016

posted Mar 27, 2016, 8:25 AM by Myanmar Signis

EASTER MESSAGE

OF

Cardinal Charles Bo (SDB)

 

We are washed by the blood of Jesus.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Easter breaks forth like a river in the long desert. It is a very special Easter today to the people of Myanmar.  The river of democracy is slowly spreading its splendor in the long desert of hopelessness.   We people of Myanmar today celebrate Easter with signs of resurrection around us.  It is the early morning of Easter in Myanmar.  Happy Easter.

Christ who was raised on the Cross, the tree of torture has resurrected. The darkness of the Good Friday is being dispelled by Christ. The Cross becomes the tree of hope. Our faith started with the tree, the tree of knowledge, the tree in the Garden of Eden, the tree of fallen nature. But that poisonous tree of Adam and Eve is replaced by the salvific tree of the second Adam.  Christ who was killed on the Cross, through his blood has washed the sins of humanity.  Hatred has given way to love.  Vengeance has given way to forgiveness and reconciliation. Jesus reconciles us today to the Father.  For a sin filled human nature, Christ death was purification. As Peter extols with Joy:  He himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree that we, having died to sins, might live for righteous - by his wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2: 24).  That is the message of Easter:  Oh sinful humanity, Oh hateful humanity, your sins are forgiven and your hatred is turned into hope by the extra ordinary sacrifice of Jesus and his blood. This is the season of hope. In this world of suffocating darkness of hope, history proves that resurrection is the hope that continues in the human hearts and in the human history.

History   is full of men who brought this hope of resurrection through their noble acts.  Think of Abraham Lincoln.  For thousands of black slaves buried in the tombs of slavery, he was to announce a resurrection of freedom.  But white hatred thirsted for his blood, as the Jews thirsted for the blood of Jesus.  Lincoln was killed, not on the Cross, but by a bullet of hatred. But his blood proved to be stronger.   It started the washing of the racial hatred of Americans.  Streaks of resurrection pierced through the dark clouds of hatred.

Martin Luther King Jr, had a dream. A dream that human beings would not be judged by the color of their skins but by their characte. For millions of African Americans he was the hope, the light set on the city of hope. But hatred, white supremacists’ anger thirsted for his blood. He was also raised on the tree of hatred and killed with a bullet.  But his innocent blood has washed the hatred. Today a black man occupies the White house, once considered impossibility. For  millions of black Americans Obama is a sign that  peoples enslaved in tombs of  despair will rise again like Jesus who won over his death.

Nelson Mandela bore on his body innumerable tortures and humiliations.  When he was released he was to empty the tombs of hatred by calling for reconciliation among races. By a single act of reconciliation, Mandela proved to be signs of resurrection to a long suffering nation.

Myanmar is not left behind. Think of General Aung San.  He was working for an integral liberation of Economic and political freedom.  Even before the dawn of freedom, his blood was spilled.   The country was healed of the mutual hatred among the people.  Myanmar is today can claim to be a nation because of the blood of Aung San.

Today we see another resurrection:  Resurrection of hope in a frail woman: Aung San Sui Kyi. She was also raised on the tree of suffering for more than 15 years in the jail.  Darkness was penetrating Myanmar for more than 50years.   Daw Aung San Sui Kyi’s suffering and her fortitude amidst the suffering has brought the resurrection of freedom.  Today Myanmar can wake up into a dawn of hope because people like Aung San Sui Kyi are willing to be wounded but using that suffering as a redemptive suffering. A new nation is born today and nurtures the resurrection of hope of freedom, peace, prosperity and human development.

This is the season of Resurrection. This is the season of Hope to my people. Let the people of Myanmar celebrate this tree of hope. 

We celebrate today the victory of cross, the tree of salvation. Christ was wounded on the Cross and his blood flowed from the Cross.  Cross was a scandal to the Jews. As St Paul proudly proclaims we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (I Cor 1: 23) The tree of the cross was not a tree of shame, but a tree of salvation.   The first Adam disobeyed when he sought the tree of knowledge.   People in the desert disobeyed Moses and God but they were saved by the serpent raised like a tree.  Christ identified himself with the tree.  He laid in the wooden manger as a child, was a carpenter working with the wood and he would die on a wood, Cross. 

All over the world trees are like Jesus.  Trees take the toxic carbon in the air and convert them into life giving oxygen.  Trees save life.  Christ is the tree of salvation.   He takes the toxic sins on himself as St Peter says: He bore our sins in His Body on the Cross, so that we might die  sin and live in righteousness.  (1 Peter 2: 24).  He is the eternal tree of life. By taking our wounds he gives back our life. We are healed by his wounds.

Easter calls for this understanding to move out of evil, the power of sin. At the personal challenge, our life can be like the tree of Knowledge of the Genesis whose toxic fruits mad our first parents to lose their relationship with God.  Sin is crouching at the door, waiting to devour anyone. (I Pet.5:8).  Often we have crucified ourselves into self-defeating pessimism. ‘Sour pusses’ as the Pope calls us, people with a cemetery mentality of seeing everything in a depressing lens, never allowing life to establish itself.  The defeatist mentality is a tomb that seals our lives and refuses to open to the spirit of forgiveness.  Judas Iscariot buried himself in the tomb of guilt whilst Peter saw God’s mercy and rose from his tomb of despair. Those of us who believe in the resurrection are called to come out of our self-made tombs of despair, hatred and hopelessness. The year of mercy is a clarion call.   The Pope calls us to be merciful with ourselves.  Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful (Lk 6:36).   For many of us buried in the tomb of guilt and sin, Pope Francis is calling us to return to the Lord in  forgiveness. “No sin is greater than God’s mercy” says the Holy Father. Forgiving others, reconciling with those whom we wounded and adopting a positive attitude are signs of people of Resurrection.

As a Catholic Community we need to be signs of hope to this nation.  We were persecuted; we were buried in the tombs of poverty, oppression and denial of rights.  For many of us it has been a long way of the Cross. We were Good Friday people sometimes doubting where there was a Holy Saturday. We even wondered whether there would be an Easter Sunday in this country.   But God is God of History.  He speaks through the signs of times.  I strongly believe that Myanmar’s resurrection from its painful past is occurring.  We as a community need to stand witness to that Easter of hope.  In the recently concluded national seminar on Nation Building, the church has planned to contribute towards nation building through peace and reconciliation,  human development through education and affirmation of the rights of our indigenous brothers and sisters.

This nation has been wounded by man-made and natural disasters.  Myanmar needs healing.  Past cannot be undone.  So many groups have been wounded.  As St John talks of the conditions of early Christians in the book of Revelations:    And the Lord said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  (Rev 7:14)   our country men and women have coming out of great tribulations.   This nation was crucified on the cross of injustice.  Refugees, unsafe migrants, war affected people, the poor, drug victims and human trafficking victims. How can we forget hundreds of our country men and women who languished in jails or even those who gave their life for the freedom of this country? 

The blood of the lamb makes all wounds healed. All robes soaked in blood of hatred.  They are to be soaked in the blood of the lamb and reconciled.  Past is a pestering wound in this nation.  But as a nation we need to heal.   Forgiveness need to lead towards peace with justice.    Jesus calls for ‘forgiving seventy times seven’ (Mt 18:22). 

This nation has seen the way of the cross; the wounded Christ is brought down from the cross from 2010. We witness streaks of hope and resurrection. But all of us, leaders of this nation, ethnic groups, the people of Myanmar need to learn from history.  

Myanmar started as a peaceful nation.  The preferential treatment of one religion in this country from 1956 was the first wound. The ill treatment of other religions have caused the chronic conflicts and displacements.   Srilanka which took the same path and saw conflict and blood bath has a leader who is willing to heal and reconcile.  That nation is journeying towards peace and prosperity.  The leaders of this nation need to heal this wound of discrimination of the ethnic and religious minorities.  No justice no peace. Good Friday will continue for this nation.   Injustice need to be washed by the blood of reconciliation. Historical wounds need to heal.  In the 1960s an arrogant military power snatched the educational institutions ran by Christians.   Christians were targeting the poor and those in the margin for education. Denial of this right for the last sixty years has resulted in making this nation a partly educated nation.   Education is a fundamental right.  A deliberate policy of not educating our youngsters exposed them to modern forms of slavery in the nearby countries, to drug menace, to human trafficking. Youth is a wounded generation. True reconciliation is possible. We buried three generation of our people without a good education.   I urge all concerned “do not crucify our youth in   the tomb of self-pity” offer them the hopes of a bright tomorrow through quality  education.

Pope Francis has extolled the church to be a Easter message to the poor.  The third message of Year of Mercy is to be compassionate to the Poor and the vulnerable people. Despite all the restrictions, Myanmar Church has never hesitated to serve the poor, especially through the boarding schools, through Leprosy  asylums, HIV centers, through its numerous programs. Following the guidelines of Pope Francis in the  JOY OF THE GOSPEL, Church will reach out those in the ‘margins’ of the society and bring the hope of Easter.

To all my Christian brothers and Sisters, “Happy Easter”, once again! You are Christians and Myanmar citizens. Confidently take your place in this new nation. We are not a Good Friday people, we are a Easter people. We generate hope.  Let not our small size brighten us.  Always remember the words of Jesus.

Jesus said:  Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."  (Mathew 17: 20-21)

Yes, my dear brothers and sisters, as Easter people let us assume this role of moving mountains of human tragedies and bring a hope a new Myanmar of peace, prosperity and fellowship.  Be the people of faith and hope.  Let us move the mountains.   HAPPY EASTER!

Cardinal Charles Bo.

Nation building

posted Mar 27, 2016, 8:17 AM by Myanmar Signis

INJUSTICE ANY WHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERY WHERE.

(Keynote address at National Seminar " The Role of Church in Nation Building)

Catholic Bishops' Conference of Myanmar.

10 March 2016

Dear Friends,

A colourful  mosaic of Myanmar people are gathered here.  It is a joy to be with you as we gather today to affirm our common humanity.  We have come here  to celebrate the dignity of diversity.  Myanmar has a nation has seen the great dawn of hope.  We want to start a journey of  shared hope.

Our attempt today is jou

rney  is inclusive and not discriminatory.  Nature does not discriminate. The Bible has a great verse – God makes the sun rise on the good and evil.  Sun and moon, breeze and water do not discriminate. Black or white  our tears are the same.  All Our hearts long for love.

We have come here not to recall the nightmares the ethnic communities and minorities underwent at the hand of a small group of merchants of hate.  We have come together today to have a dream. A dream that does not discriminate  based on the colour of the skin, or the belief held in the hearts, but to affirm  all human beings are created equal. We have come to live that bold dream in a new Myanmar. We have come to tell those who think might is right – no it is not. Right is the only Might.

Martin Luther King Jr.,  the great civil rights leader of the Black Americans  bellowed from the steps of  the Capitol Hill : “I have a dream  - that my sons and daughters  will not he judged by the colour of the skin but by their Character”.  When he talked of the dream that day, cynics scoffed at him for  dreaming equality to the blacks.  Today  a  Black President adorns the White house.

Injustice anywhere, is injustice everywhere – said the same Martin Luther King Jr.  We are gathered here to affirm the rights of the most vulnerable of this nation.  It is not through hatred but through peaceful imagination. We are here to re imagine a new Myanmar.  A new Myanmar  that will be just to every one.  First of all to the poorest Burmese. 60 percent of this country is poor and that includes  many  poor Burmese families. Those who ruled this nation  discriminated  the people  on class and creed and tribe.  We have come to say that cannot go on in a new Myanmar.

First of all we need to understand that the acts of evil perpetrated in the name of religion and race is committed by a handful of merchants of death.   Buddhism is a great and majestic religion that teaches  compassion.  Those who  teach  hatred in the name of that  religion of the prophet of compassion  are the first enemies of  Buddhism.  We shall not allow  a handful to tarnish the  great religion that remains the light of Asia. These anti Buddhists do not have a place in a new Myanmar.

There have been historical blunders in this nation.  General Aung San imagined a  rainbow nation of all the colourful tribes taking their rightful place in the new Union of Burma.   Later short sighted men  configured disaster when they went for a one nation, one language and one race policy.  Dividing the people as  Bamas and Non Bamas and introducing discriminatory policies bled the whole nation for the last 60 years.   Srilanka,  a nation of majority Buddhists went down that road for 60 years with disastrous results. Now it has realized the mistakes and  efforts are made to make it a truly federal state with due  rights to the minorities and ethnic groups.  Peace has returned to that country and prosperity is spreading slowly. We need to learn good from that nation.

Discrimination needs to end.  Discrimination in language policies, discrimination in  religious  rights, discrimination in  government  employments, discrimination in land laws, discrimination in the armed forces,  discrimination in  judicial processes, discrimination in economic, cultural and social rights of the  ethnic people and other discriminations need to end.   Unity in Diversity is the only  path ahead.  Inclusive  approach is the only approach for peace.

In the recently held elections,  people refused to listen to the merchants of hatred.  One party received the universal support of all people of Myanmar.  People want to stand united. I request the authorities to read the signs of times.   Confidence building measures are to be done by the incoming government and the authorities.  We are hopeful. Make this nation a united nation.

In the meantime, we need to know one another well.  Fragmentation of  mind is a dangerous disease. That can be cured only by our interest in one another especially those who differ from us.  From a culture of hatred, we need to move towards a culture of concern and mercy.  “ An eye for an Eye, said Gandhiji,  makes the whole world blind”.   This is the year of Mercy for the Catholics .  Mercy is the medicine against hatred.  We need to reach out to  the most vulnerable in our own communities.   “ If you feel helpless,  go and help someone”  said Aung San Sui Kyi.  Let us cure ourselves of the disease of discrimination.

I urge the authorities.  Myanmar has suffered a lot for long years.  This was one of the richest nations on the earth in the 1950s.   It is one of the poorest countries in the world, third poorest in Asia. Divide and Rule was a good strategy for colonial masters. We are sons and daughters of the same nation.  Those who divide the people based on religion and race are the real anti nationals,  perpetuating hatred.  Peace has dividends my brothers and sisters.  I urge the parliament to remove discriminatory clauses in the  constitutions.  I urge that the Economic, Social and Cultural rights of the ethnic communities be respected.   I urge  those perpetrators of violence who were cause for death and displacement of the innocent be brought to justice.  These are times of transitional Justice.   If the country needs peace, work for justice.

We wish this nation well. We are blessed to be citizens of this nation.  We appeal with the confidence that  peace alone can bring prosperity to this long suffering nation. I am sure our leaders have the needed sagacity to  heed the call of destiny.  Make this new dawn a sweet dream of reconciliation not a nightmare of  chronic conflicts. Let my country, my brothers and sisters ‘ rise in that heaven of  peace and prosperity”.  Thank you all.

+Cardinal Charles Bo (SDB)

Homily

posted Mar 27, 2016, 8:07 AM by Myanmar Signis   [ updated Mar 27, 2016, 8:09 AM ]

Priestly Ordination Mass

Marian Shrine Nyaunglebin

13 February 2016

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Good morning! MINGALABAR!

It’s a great joy for me to join you in this Holy Mass, during which our five young deaconshave been ordained priests of the Catholic Church through the imposition of hands of His Eminence Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon.

Congratulations and best wishes to our newly ordained Priests!

Through the Ordination today they have become ministers of the Church and members of the clergy of the Archdiocese of Yangon.

Today we offer our prayers for these newly ordained ministers of the Church and all the Priests and Seminarians of Myanmar.

We give thanks to God, since a priestly vocation as well as religious vocation is a precious gift of God given to the whole Church. God calls those whom He loves, He invites them to embrace priestly life, and through their dedication and witness He blesses and enriches his Church.

 

On this happy occasion, I would like share with you some reflections on priestly vocation and ministry.

In our Church, we are blessed to have eminent figures who dedicated their lives to proclaim the Word of God in this world, thus becoming an example/model for future priests, ministers of the Church: among them we find St Paul.

Today, I wish to share with youon some elements about his life, teaching and ministry garnered from his pastoral letters.

St Paul considers himself a “servant of Jesus Christ” (Rom. 1:1), whose ministry consists in announcing the word of God for the salvation of mankind. He writes: “It is not ourselves that we are proclaiming, but Christ Jesus as the Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Cor 4:5).

That’s what we priests are: We are servants of Jesus Christ, at the service of the Church, and we are called to proclaim the Word of God for the salvation of mankind.

St Paul is the one who was transformed by his encounter with the Risen Lord. Indeed he is the one who has become “a new creature” following his encounter with the Lord on the way to Damascus. From that moment onward, Christ has become the center of his life, rather He has become his own life, as St Paul writes: “I have been crucified with Christ… It is no longer I, but Christ living in me” (Gal 2:19-20). MihivivereChristusest!

As our Holy Father Pope Francis repeatedly reminds us, we are but sinners whom the Lord looked on with pity; in his mercy He called us to follow him, as it was the case of Levi, the tax collector (cf. Mt 9:9-13). We have been cleansed and saved by the mercy of Our Lord who calls us to become ministers of his mercy on our turn. (“MiserandoatqueEligendo”). The Lord sends us out as “Missionaries of Mercy”.

The Apostle to the Gentiles repeats several times in his Letters that his whole life is a fruit of God’s freely given, merciful grace (cf. 1 Cor 15:9-10; 2 Cor 4:1; Gal 1:15). He was chosen to proclaim “the Gospel of God” (Rom 1:1), to disseminate the announcement of divine Grace which in Christ reconciles man with God, himself and others.

His life was absolutely absorbed by the love of God. “Neither death, nor life”, he wrote to the Romans, “nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor thing to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (8:38-39).

Having come to the end of his earthly pilgrimage, he wrote to Timothy his faithful disciple: “For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim 4:6-7).

 As in early times, today too Christ needs apostles ready to sacrifice themselves. He needs witnesses and martyrs like St Paul. Paul, a former violent persecutor of Christians, when he fell to the ground dazzled by the divine light on the road to Damascus, did not hesitate to side with the Crucified One and followed him without second thoughts. He lived and worked for Christ, for him he suffered and died. How timely his example is today for us priests and for our seminarians!The example St Pauland his life of witness is an invitation for us all to remain faithful to our vocation, to the call of God.

 Dear Priests,

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes whom we venerate in this Marian Shrine of Nyaunglebin, may you remain always faithful ministers of the Church following the heart of Jesus the Good Shepherd!

Thanks for your kind attention! ZZESU TIMBARE!

 + Paul Tschang In-Nam

Ap. Delegate

Homily

posted Mar 27, 2016, 8:01 AM by Myanmar Signis

Marian Feast Midnight Mass

+ Paul Tschang In-Nam

Ap. Delegate

13 February 2016

Marian Shrine Nyaunglebin

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am happy to be with you tonight to celebrate the Holy Mass on the occasion of the National Marian Feast, in which we venerate Our Lady of Lourdes. We come to implore heavenly blessings upon us and our beloved Country, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of the Church.

I wish to express my profound gratitude to His Eminence Cardinal Charles Bo SDB, Archbishop of Yangon, for the kind invitation extended to me on this occasion.

As Representative of the Holy Father, I convey to all the faithful taking part in this Eucharistic Celebration his fatherly greetings and Apostolic Blessing. I would also ask your prayers for Pope Francis who is now making his pastoral visit to Mexico, as from yesterday 12th February, to be concluded on next Thursday, 18th February. Today on 13th February, His Holiness is visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, to pay homage to the Blessed Virgin, “Mother of the America”, and crown her miraculous image with a diadem of gold and silver.

 

Gospel: Wedding banquet in Cana (John 2:1-11)

Today’s Gospel introduces us to the Wedding banquet in Cana of Galilee, where Jesus and his mother were invited.Our God is not the one who is far away, who dwells only in heaven. In Jesus Christ, God has come down to us, He has become one of us. He is close to us; he shares our life. Our human joys and sorrows are not unknown to Him. He takes part in our daily life; he shares our joys and sorrows, even our weakness. He knocks on our door, he comes in when we open our door, when we welcome him.

During the celebration, the wine ran short. This was far more than an inconvenience for the hosts of the party; it was a profoundly humiliating, embarrassingshortcoming for the newly-wed bride and bridegroom. Sensing their discomfort, Mary said to Jesus, “They have no more wine”.  

In the symbolism of the Bible, the wedding banquet evokes the joy of the Kingdom of God, to which the Heavenly Father invites His children of faith. Joy, love, sharing, life … these are characteristics of the Kingdom of Heaven.Together with Jesus and Mary we are privileged to be invited to take part in the heavenly banquet, feast of love, represented in the Holy Eucharist.

Wine, and the elation that it produces, are evocative of the divine life – that power which elevates both body and soul. Therefore, to speak of wine running out is to lament the disappearance of grace. In our life, we experience those moments of drought, when we feel helpless, abandoned, in great need and difficulties.

The Blessed Mary brings this state of affairs to the attention of her Son. By saying “They have no wine”, the Virgin intercedes for the newly married couple in difficulty. In all our needs and difficulties, we have our intercessor:our Lady knows how moved with compassion her Son is whenever he sees our need.

Commenting on the present text of the Gospel, Saint Maximus of Turin (5th century) wrote: “Mary was asking for a temporal favor, but Christ was preparing joys that would be eternal. Only he who had made it out of nothing could change water into something whose use was quite different.” Jesus wants to do the same with us, with the water of our life. He has the power to transform our human efforts, our limited earthly life into eternal joy.

On his part, Saint Bede comments: “Those are most worthy of Christ who (burn with devotional desires and) have known the passage from vice to virtue, from earthly to eternal things. The wine was made to fail in order to give our Lord the opportunity of making better; that so the glory of God in man might be brought out of its hiding place.”

Turning to the servants, Mary said: “Do whatever he tells you.” How wonderful that Mary still intercedes on our behalf and still tells us, simply and directly, to do what Jesus would have us do!

St. John Paul II who was known for his devotion to Our Lady, writes: “John outlines a new kind of motherhood according to the Spirit and not just according to the flesh: Mary’s solicitude for human beings, her coming to them in the wide variety of their wants and needs. This means bringing those needs within the radius of Christ’s salvific power. Thus there is anintercession. Mary ‘intercedes’ for mankind. And that is not all. As a Mother she also wishes that the salvific power of her Son, which is meant to help the human being in his misfortunes, to free him from the evil that in various forms and degrees weighs heavily upon his life, be manifested. The role Mary assumed at Cana in some way accompanies Christ throughout his ministry.”

 “Jubilee of Mercy”

Our celebration tonight takes place in the context of the “Jubilee Year of Mercy”, proclaimed by Pope Francis, which started on 8th December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, to be concluded on the Solemnity of Christ the King on 20 November 2016.

Our Holy Father invites us to meditate on the mystery of divine love and live it in our daily lives during this Jubilee Year, and particularly during this Lenten Season. He asks us that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (MV, 17).

Pope Francis teaches us that Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy: the Father who is “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4) and who revealed himself as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex 34:6). In the “fullness of time” (Gal 4:4), he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father (cf. Jn 14:9). Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person, reveals the mercy of God. (MV, 1).“God is love” (1Jn 4:8,16). This love has now been made visible and tangible in Jesus’ entire life. (MV, 8).

In the Gospel we read the parables of Jesus who shows us divine mercy (cf. Lk 15). Jesus tells us that God is the Good Shepherd who goes in search of the lost sheep; He does not abandon the sinners, the sheep which go astray, but goes in search of them. When he finds the lost one, he rejoices, he puts it on his shoulders and takes it back home.

God is our Father, full of mercy, who waits for the return of the “prodigal son” – that is, us who are sinners who abandon the Father’s house in order to satisfy our earthly desires – and when the lost son comes back, the Father embraces him, rejoices over his return and offers a banquet for him (cf. Lk 15:1-32).

Not only through words, but also through his acts, Jesus shows us the infinite mercy of God. He shares the joys and sorrows of the people. He has compassion towards the people who are hungry and he multiplies the five loaves and two fish to feed them. He has pity for the sick people, and he heals them, he frees them from their diseases, he frees them from the slavery of sin and demons. To the widow of Naim, who was mourning her only son, the Lord gives back her son, alive.

The Lord does not only have pity on sinners, but he calls them to a new life. With a look full of mercy, the Lord called Matthew, a tax collector, who followed him at once, becoming one of the Apostles (Mt 2:13-14). In his mercy, he forgave an adulterous woman from her sins and opened a way of new life for her, saying: “Neither do I condemn you. Go away, and from this moment sin no more.” (John 8:11).

The love of God, the divine mercy is the core of the Gospel. Mercy is a key word that indicates God’s action towards us. It means his closeness and forgiveness towards each one of us, which opens a new life for us sinners. It is his loving concern for each one of us. He feels responsible: that is, he desires our wellbeing and he wants to see us happy, full of joy and peace.

During this “Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy”, it is the profound desire of the Holy Father that the celebration of the Holy Year may become for all believers a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God. Hence, Pope Francis invites all the believers to experience the grace of the Jubilee andto exercise the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, through which we can extend God’s compassion and mercy to those who are in need.We are invited to live this Jubilee Year in light of the Lord’s words who tells us: “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36). (MV 13).

In his Message for Lent 2016, the Pope tells us:“God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn. In an ever new miracle, divine mercy shines forth in our lives, inspiring each of us to love our neighbour and to devote ourselves to what the Church’s tradition calls the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. These works remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbours in body and spirit: by feeding, visiting, comforting and instructing them. On such things will we be judged … For the flesh of Christ ‘becomes visible in the flesh of the tortured, the crushed, the scourged, the malnourished, and the exiled … to be acknowledged, touched, and cared for by us’ (MV, 15).”

In this Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Father has a special consideration for all those women who have resorted to abortion, who repent the sin committed and approach the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart. The Holy Father has made known his decision “to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it.”(Pope Francis, Letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, 1 September 2015).

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Let us give thanks to God and praise Him for this wonderful Good News!He loves us who are sinners, he has pity on us, he calls us to a new life, he sends us to be witnesses of his infinite love and pardon. We are called to become missionaries of Divine Mercy.

The Blessed Virgin Mary, in her Magnificat, prophetically sings of the mercy whereby God chose her, thus becoming the perfect icon of the Church which is called to proclaim the mercy of God to the entire world.Let us pray, through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, so that we may live this Jubilee Year of Mercy in humility and joy, proclaiming the salvific love of Godamong our neighbors in our beloved Country. Amen.

 

+ Paul Tschang In-Nam

Ap. Delegate

 

Papal legate for 51 IEC

posted Feb 18, 2016, 4:39 AM by Myanmar Signis

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo (SDB) Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar was Papal legate for the celebration of 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu, Philippines from 24th to 31st January 2016. Papal legate was welcomed by young Sinulog dancers upon his arrival in Brgy. Pasil, one of the poorest communities in Cebu.

 “The Philippines has the inevitable title of being the disaster capital of the world. But time and again, you (Filipinos) have proven your resilience and your faith rises above all challenges,” Cardinal Bo said in a powerful homily before hundreds of thousands of Catholic devotees at the Plaza Independencia.

Despite the series of calamities that devastated the Philippines, the papal legate recognized how Filipinos “have shared the bread of your hospitality and the bread of your knowledge (to the world).”

Papal legate paid a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III at the Music Room of Malacañang Palace on Feb.1, 2016. “During the courtesy call, Cardinal Bo was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Dominic Bar Bu, secretary general of the Archdiocesan Office of Yangon; Rev. Msgr. Chibuke Onyeaghala, first counselor of the Apostolic Nunciature; and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the 51st IEC.

New Year Message

posted Feb 18, 2016, 1:58 AM by Myanmar Signis   [ updated Feb 18, 2016, 1:59 AM ]





Environment

posted Aug 18, 2015, 4:27 AM by Myanmar Signis

  "An Inescapable Call to Environmental Morality"

"It is possible that we do not grasp the gravity of the challenge now before us" (#105). #LaudatoSi                         

It is appropriate that we gather today on a topic that is being discussed with much concern all over the world after our Pope released the Prophetic Encyclical, LaudatoSi Si.  We from Myanmar have arrived here after  two weeks of torrid  experience of seeing thousands of our country men and women marooned, homeless in one of the major catastrophes in Myanmar history. Last two years saw  two mega disasters :  Cyclone Nargis in 2008  killed more than 150,000, impacting the lives of 2.3 million people, making 800,000 people homeless.    It was the seventh biggest natural disaster the wounds
of which  will take decades to heal. But  we live through torrid times last two weeks.   The whole town of Kalay,where Bishop  Felix comes from  was  sunk under  huge sheet of water, destroying homes and  leaving thousands as disaster refugees.  Half of the town of Hakha has been destroyed by landslides.  Nearly 1.7 million people are affected.   The livelihood of 37 million farmers  is sent into a spiral
 of destruction and debt.                           

Myanmar is  a candid case of  climate change.  Before  Cyclone Nargis happened, for 75 years we did not have a natural disaster of that intensity. Though manmade disasters like oppression and dictatorship was unrelenting cruel to our people, nature was kind, provided  everything to our poor, we have not had any disaster.   But Cyclone Nargis was a shocker.   It originated in India, expected to hit Eastern India, then Bangle Desh.   It changed course because of the ocean currents,  affected by global warming and hit an unprepared nation at night. 150,000 lay dead.  800,000 homeless and 2.4 million  directly affected. That wound is yet to heal.  Thousands of  poor families have  been put into roller coaster debt and destruction.  Our  poor did not even knew the word global warming but they are victims of  climate change for the last ten years.  

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As  the Holy  Father has indicated, there is a conspiracy against the  poor. Some of the rich countries that totally have a 6 percent of the population of the world produce 40 percent of green house gases.  But natural disasters have been attacking the poor countries for the last thirty years. 90 percent
of the deaths due to natural disasters come from poor countries.  Holy Father points out  -  In fact, the deterioration of the environment and of society affects the most vulnerable people on the planet: 'Both everyday experience and scientific research show that the gravest effects of all attacks on the environment are suffered by the poorest”(#48).               

 Holy Father calls for a cultural revolution. A cultural revolution from the unbridled   consumerism that commodifies even the most sacred sensibilities  has  been destroying the beauty of human relationships, destroying millennium  bio diversity . Holy Father sounds a warning : Is it realistic to hope that those who are obsessed with maximizing profits will stop to reflect on the environmental damage whi

ch they will leave behind for future generations? Where profits alone count, there can be no thinking about the rhythms of nature, its phases of decay and regeneration, or the complexity of eco

systems which may be gravely  upset by human intervention" (#190).      

 Globalization has seized  South East Asia  with a vice like  grip.  Asian Tigers - including Thailand, Korea, Indonesia  underwent the painful process of  changing into market  economy some with  disastrous  results.   Markets have created  jobs. But  Markets have also  raped the nature, destroyed the
dignity of human families through  human trafficking. Our region has the dubious distinction of the  biggest human  trafficking area. The  diagnosis of the  ills are well documented  by  our Holy Father.  But
our  gathering today is chall

enged to  give a contextualized  response.

A new Culture of  Eco Justice, Inter dependence. Holy Father analysis  points out how the eastern Religions had a greater respect to  nature. East  Asia is the home to the Theravada Buddhism.  This
marga has  guided its followers with a deep respect for all living things and all living beings.   Even the falling of a leaf from the tree should deeply sadden a true believer.  The  spirituality of inter dependence was found in  Eastern societies with animism  deifying all natural elements including water, air and rain. Holy Father  has pointed out that there has been an exploitation of the word ' dominion over creation".     A true hermeneutical reading of  Genesis accounts  especially the verse 2: 15 " the  Lord God put the man in Garden of Eden  to take care of it and to look after it".   Genesis looked for harmony between man, nature and the Divine.    Sin ruptured this relationship.  Mutual hatred, God  denial ended with  ruthless exploitation of nature for profit. As the Holy Father  points out, the environmental crisis has become a moral crisis. "When people become self-centered and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person's heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume. It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits imposed by reality. In this horizon, a genuine sense of the common good also disappears" (#204).

We stand at the cross roads of history.  We have lost so much of  flora and fauna in the last 50 years.  Forests and rivers are continued to be destroyed.  Mekong river,  Irrawaddy river and so many rivers in  East Asia are dangerously exploited.   What  was  sporadic attacks on  our eco system has  now turning into  chronic illness for our planet. So our gathering here need to impress upon all of us the urgency of purpose. The evil is marching with  glee, destroying human families, destroying God's gift of nature.  The dance of the devil is arrogant .   Our silence will be criminal.   Since the problem is  moral, it needs a moral response.  No one is excused from this duty :  As Martin Luther King Jr  warned  "  Some are
guilty, all of us are  responsible". Our  breaking of the bread today  is  a sacred ceremony but also
challenging ceremony.    Everyday 30000 poor children die of starvation. These  children are victims of poverty, war and  mismanagement.  But increasingly they are victims of environmental degradation by the companies and  profit oriented industries. We break bread on the altar surrounded by an unjust world that buries  10 million children every year  because of starvation.    This silent genocide
is mostly due to the conspiracy against the weak, conspiracy  against nature.

Holy Father's  message is a wakeup call to the church in East Asia.  Let our deliberations come out with  practical solutions, starting with  how to make our churches deeply sensitive to environmental issues,  and we need to  join hands with the  like minded forces in the struggle towards protection of nature. Stewardship of Creation is a moral duty. I do hope  this urgency is translated into action in our deliberations.

Cardinal Charles Bo

Assumption

posted Aug 18, 2015, 4:21 AM by Myanmar Signis   [ updated Aug 18, 2015, 4:30 AM ]

မယ္ေတာ္သခင္မ ေကာင္းကင္ဘံုသို႔ ပင့္ေဆာင္ျခင္းခံရေတာ္မူေသာပြဲ

လူ႕ဂုဏ္သိကၡာအား ကာကြယ္ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ၿပီး ျမႇင့္တင္ေပးေသာ မယ္ေတာ္

ယေန႔အမိအသင္းေတာ္က မယ္ေတာ္သခင္မ ေကာင္းကင္ဘံုသို႔ ပင့္ေဆာင္ခံရျခင္းပြဲေတာ္ကို က်င္းပေနပါတယ္။ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ရဲ႕မိခင္ မယ္ေတာ္မာရိယားဟာ သူမသားေတာ္ ေယဇူးသခင္နဲ႔ ထာဝရ အတူရွိေနႏိုင္ဖို႔ သူမရဲ႕ ဝိညာဥ္ေရာ ခႏၶာကိုယ္ပါ ေကာင္းကင္ဘံုသို႔ ပင့္ေဆာင္ျခင္းခံရပါတယ္။ ဒီပြဲေန႔က ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တုိ႕ကို ဘာသတင္းစကားေပးေနပါသလဲ။ ဒီပြဲေန႔အခ်ိန္အခါဟာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ လူအမ်ားရင္ဆိုင္ ေနရတဲ့ ေရႀကီးေရလွ်ံျခင္းဒုကၡေတြနဲ႔ ရင္ဆိုင္ေနၾကရပါတယ္။ ေထာင္ေပါင္း မ်ားစြာေသာ လူေတြ အိုးမဲ့အိမ္မဲ့ ျဖစ္ေနၾကရတယ္။ ႀကီးမားတဲ့ သဘာဝေဘးအႏၲရာယ္နဲ႔ ရင္ဆိုင္ရေပမဲ့ အေသအေပ်ာက္ အနည္းငယ္သာရွိတာကေတာ့ အဆိုးထဲက အေကာင္းတစ္ခုပါ။ မယ္ေတာ္သခင္မဟာ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ႏိုင္ငံကို ဆက္လက္ကာကြယ္ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ပါေစ။ အတိဒုကၡေရာက္ ေနသူေတြကို မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ အစဥ္အၿမဲ ကူညီတတ္တဲ့ သမိုင္းေၾကာင္းရွိတဲ့အတိုင္း ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ရဲ႕ ညီအစ္ကို ေမာင္ႏွမ်ားအား ကာကြယ္ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ၿပီး ပံုမွန္အေနအထားဆီ အျမန္ဆံုး ျပန္ေရာက္ ႏိုင္ေအာင္ ေစာင္မပါေစလို႔ ဆႏၵျပဳဆုေတာင္းပါတယ္။

ဒီအျဖစ္အပ်က္ေတြၾကားမွာ မယ္ေတာ္ေပးလိုတဲ့ သင္ခန္းစာမ်ားကို ေထာက္႐ႈရင္း သားသမီးမ်ား ခြန္အားယူေစခ်င္ပါတယ္။ ပထမ သင္ခန္းစာက ဘဝဆိုတာ ခက္ခဲၾကမ္းတမ္းပါတယ္... တဲ့။

မယ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕ဘဝကို ျပန္လည္သံုးသပ္တဲ့အခါ ခက္ခဲၾကမ္းတမ္းမႈမ်ားစြာၾကားမွာ ႐ုန္းကန္ရွင္သန္ ခဲ့ရတာ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔အားလံုး အသိပဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ခရစၥမတ္ရဲ႕ ျမင္ကြင္းေလးကို ၾကည့္လိုက္တိုင္း ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ရင္ထဲမွာ ၾကည္ႏူးရတယ္၊ ေအးခ်မ္းသြားတယ္၊ ဒါေပမဲ့ မယ္ေတာ္အတြက္ ႀကီးမားတဲ့ စိန္ေခၚမႈပါ။ မိခင္ျဖစ္သူတိုင္း ကေလးဖြါးရတဲ့ ဒုကၡ၊ နာက်င္မႈေတြကို သိနားလည္ၾကပါတယ္။ ေခတ္မွီ တိုးတက္တဲ့ အခုလိုအခ်ိန္မွာ ေခတ္မီွစက္ကရိယာေတြရွိေနတာေတာင္မွ မီးဖြါးရင္း အသက္ေပး ၾကရတာေတြ ရွိေနေသးပါတယ္။ မယ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕ အျဖစ္မွာေတာ့ ညစ္ပတ္နံေဆာ္ေနတဲ့ ႏြားတင္း ကုပ္မွာ အကူအညီမဲ့ေမြးဖြါးခဲ့ရတယ္၊ ေန႔ေစ့လေစ့ ကိုယ္ဝန္ကိုလြယ္ၿပီး ျမည္းနဲ႔ ရက္ေပါင္းမ်ားစြာ ခရီးသြားခဲ့ရတဲ့ ဒုကၡကလည္း မေသးပါဘူး။

ဘုရားရဲ႕သားေတာ္ ေယဇူးေလးကို ဖြါးၿပီးတဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ မယ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕ဘဝက သက္ေတာင့္သက္သာ ျဖစ္ဖို႔ ေကာင္းပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ လက္ေတြ႔မွာေတာ့ ျဖစ္မလာပါဘူး။ သားေတာ္ကို ေက်ာင္းေတာ္မွာ ပူေဇာ္ၿပီး မၾကာခင္မွာပဲ သူငယ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕ အသက္ကို ရန္ရွာတဲ့ ေဟ႐ုဒ္ေၾကာင့္ အီဂ်စ္ျပည္ကို ထြက္ေျပးခဲ့ရတယ္။ သားေတာ္ေလးဟာ ငယ္ရြယ္ႏုငယ္စဥ္မွာပဲ အိုးမဲ့အိမ္မဲ့နဲ႔ တိုင္းတပါးမွာ ဒုကၡသည္ ျဖစ္ခဲ့ရတယ္။ မယ္ေတာ္ နဲ႔ ဇူဇယ္ဟာ ကႏၲာခရီးၾကမ္းႀကီးကို အသက္လုၿပီး ျဖတ္ေက်ာ္ ခဲ့ရတယ္။

“သား” ဆုိတာ မိခင္အတြက္ “အား” ျဖစ္ပါတယ္ဆိုတဲ့ အေတြးနဲ႔ သားေတာ္ေလး အရြယ္ေရာက္တဲ့ အခါ အားကိုးရမယ္လို႔ မယ္ေတာ္ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ခဲ့မွာပဲ။ သားေလးအရြယ္ေရာက္လာတာ၊ ေခ်ာေမာ ခန္႔ညားေနတာကို မယ္ေတာ္ၾကည့္ၿပီးေက်နပ္ေနခဲ့မွာပါ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ဒီသားေတာ္ဟာ အဖခမည္းေတာ္ရဲ႕ လုပ္ငန္းကို လုပ္ေဆာင္ ရမယ္ဆိုၿပီး အိမ္ကထြက္သြားတယ္။ အသက္ ၃၀ အရြယ္ အားကိုးႏိုင္တဲ့ အခ်ိန္မွာ မုဆိုးမအေမႀကီးကို ပစ္ထားၿပီး အနယ္နယ္အရပ္ရပ္မွာ တရားေဟာဖို႔ ထြက္သြားတယ္။
သားေတာ္ ေအာင္ျမင္ေက်ာ္ၾကားေနတယ္ဆိုရင္ အေမဝမ္းသာမွာပါ။ လက္ေတြ႕မွာေတာ့ သားေတာ္ ဟာ လက္ဝါးကပ္တိုင္မွာ အသတ္ခံခဲ့ရတယ္။ သားေတာ္ အသက္စြန္႔မယ့္ ကားတိုင္ေျခရင္းမွာ အကူညီမဲ့စြာ ရပ္ၾကည့္ေန႐ံုကလြဲၿပီး ဘာမွလုပ္မေပးႏိုင္ခဲ့ဘူး။ သားအစား အေမသာခံခ်င္ပါတယ္ ဆိုတဲ့ မိခင္ေမတၲာနဲ႔ နာက်င္ေၾကကြဲခဲ့ရမွပါ။

ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔အခုလက္ေတြ႕ခံစားေနၾကရတဲ့ အျဖစ္ကိုျပန္ၾကည့္ပါ။ ေထာင္ခ်ီတဲ့ရြာေတြ ေရျမဳပ္ေနတယ္၊ လူေတြ သန္းနဲ႔ခ်ီၿပီး အကူအညီလိုအပ္ေနတယ္၊ ဟားခါးဆိုတဲ့ အျမင့္ဆံုးေတာင္ထိပ္ကေန အနိမ့္ဆံုး ဧရာဝတီ ျမစ္ဝကၽြန္းေပၚအထိ ေၾကကြဲဝမ္းနည္းေနတဲ့ လူေတြ၊ အားကိုးရာမဲ့ေနတဲ့ အမ်ိဳးသမီးေတြနဲ႔ ကေလးေတြရဲ႕ ျမင္ကြင္းဟာ ရင္မခ်ိစရာ (ရင္နင့္စရာ) ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအႏွံ႔ကားတိုင္လမ္းကို ေလွ်ာက္လွမ္းေနၾကရပါတယ္။ သားေတာ္ရဲ႕ ကားတိုင္ေျခရင္းမွာ မားမားမတ္မတ္ ရပ္ေနခဲ့တဲ့ မယ္ေတာ္ထံ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ ဆုပန္ၾကရေအာင္။ မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ သားေတာ္ရဲ႕ ကားတိုင္ေျခရင္းမွာ သစၥာတည္ၾကည္စြာ ရပ္ေနခဲ့သလို ကားတိုင္လမ္းထက္မွာရွိေနတဲ့ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ အနီးမွာလည္း ရွိေနပါတယ္။ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ တစ္ဦးစီကိုလည္း ေဝဒနာခံစားေနရတဲ့ ညီအစ္ကိုေမာင္ႏွမမ်ားနဲ႔ မွ်ေဝ ခံစားရင္း ကူညီေဖးမဖို႔ ဖိတ္ေခၚေနပါတယ္။

ဘဝဆိုတာခက္ခဲပါတယ္။ ဘဝရဲ႕ခက္ခဲမႈေတြကို ေအာင္ျမင္စြာ ျဖတ္ေက်ာ္ခဲ့သူတိုင္းက ဘ၀ဆိုတာ ေလ့က်င့္ေရးကြင္းတစ္ခုလို႔မွတ္ယူၾကတယ္။ မိမိကိုယ္ကို ေစာင့္စည္းျခင္းနဲ႔ စိတ္ဓါတ္စည္းကမ္းေတြရဲ႕ အေရးပါမႈကို သိသူေတြျဖစ္တယ္။ ေလာကမွာ ေပ်ာ္ရႊင္မႈဆိုတာ ထာဝရတည္မယ့္ အရာတစ္ခု မဟုတ္ဘူး ဒါထက္ပိုၿပီးတန္ဖိုးရွိတဲ့အရာေတြကို ရယူႏိုင္ရမယ္ဆိုတာ နားလည္ၾကတယ္။

ဒုတိယအခ်က္အေနနဲ႔ မယ္ေတာ္ေျပာေနတဲ့စကားက
ဘဝဆိုတာ ၾကမ္းတမ္းခက္ခဲတယ္ဆိုေပမဲ့ ဘုရားသခင္ဟာ ေကာင္းျမတ္ပါတယ္...တဲ့။

ဘုရားသခင္ရဲ႕ေကာင္းျမတ္ျခင္းဟာ နိမ့္က်သူေတြအေပၚ မ်က္ႏွာသာေပးျခင္းမွာ ေပၚလြင္ထင္ရွား ပါတယ္။ “ထာဝရဘုရားသခင္သည္ မိမိကၽြန္မ၏နိမ့္က်ေသာ အျဖစ္ကုိၾကည့္႐ႈေတာ္မူၿပီ” ဘုရား သခင္ဟာ ၾကင္နာသနားတတ္တဲ့ဘုရား၊ ေကာင္းျမတ္တဲ့ဘုရားျဖစ္လို႔ ဂုဏ္အရွိန္အဝါႀကီးသူေတြ၊ ၾသဇာအာဏာ ရွိသူေတြကို ေက်ာ္လြန္ၿပီး ဆင္းရဲနိမ့္က်တဲ့ ေတာသူ အမ်ိဳးသမီးေလးကို ကယ္တင္ရွင္ရဲ႕မိခင္ အျဖစ္ေရြးေကာက္ခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ဘုရားသခင္ဟာ ေကာင္းျမတ္တယ္လို႔ ေျပာရျခင္းက နိမ့္က်သူေတြကို ခ်ီးေျမႇာက္လို႔တစ္ခုတည္း မဟုတ္ပါဘူး၊ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ လိုအပ္တာေတြကို ျဖည့္စြက္ေပးလို႔ပဲလည္း မဟုတ္ပါဘူး။ ဘုရားသခင္ဟာ ဂတိတည္ၾကည္တဲ့ဘုရားျဖစ္လို႔ ေကာင္းျမတ္တဲ့ဘုရားလည္ းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ ဘုရား သခင္ရဲ႕ ဂတိတည္ၾကည္ျခင္းကို အသိအမွတ္ျပဳခဲ့ပါတယ္။ “ငါတို႔၏ဘိုးေဘးမ်ားျဖစ္ေသာ အဘရာဟံ မွစ၍ သူ၏မ်ိဳးႏြယ္ အစဥ္အဆက္တို႔၌ ထားခဲ့ေသာ ဂတိေတာ္အတိုင္း ကိုယ္ေတာ္သည္ အစဥ္ထာဝရ ကူညီေစာင္မေလၿပီ” (လုကာ ၁း၅၅)။ ကယ္တင္ရွင္ၾကြလာတယ္ဆိုတာ အီဇရာအဲလ္လူမ်ိဳးေတြ ႏွစ္ေပါင္းမ်ားစြာ ေစာင့္စားေနခဲ့ တဲ့ ဂတိေတာ္ ျပည့္စံုျခင္းသာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ႀကီးျမတ္တဲ့ ဘုရားသခင္ေရွ႕မွာ မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ အမွန္တကယ္ ႏွိမ့္ခ်ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ “အင္အားႀကီးေသာ သူတို႔ ကို အ႐ိုက္အရာမွ ခ်ေတာ္မူ၍ ႏွိမ့္ခ်ေသာသူတို႔ကို ခ်ီးေျမႇာက္ေတာ္မူၿပီ”။ မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ သူမ ဘဝမွာ ျဖစ္သမွ်အရာေတြဟာ ေကာင္းျမတ္ေသာ ဘုရားသခင္ရဲ႕ ေက်းဇူးေတာ္ေတြသာ ျဖစ္တယ္လို႔ အသိအမွတ္ ျပဳခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႕ရဲ႕ လက္ရွိအေနအထားကိုျပန္ၾကည့္ၿပီး ကိုယ္ထိုက္တန္လို႔ ဒီဘဝမ်ိဳး ေရာက္ေနတာလား ဆိုတာ ေမးခြန္းထုတ္ဖို႕ေကာင္းပါတယ္။ စၾကၤာဝဠာ တစ္ခုလံုးကို ပိုင္စိုးရွင္ ထာဝရဘုရားသခင္ဟာ သိမ္ငယ္တဲ့ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ကို ၾကည့္႐ႈေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေနဖို႔ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔က ဘယ္ေလာက္အထိ အေရးပါသူေတြျဖစ္လို႔လဲဆိုတာ ကိုယ့္ကိုယ္ကို ျပန္ေမးၾကရပါလိမ့္မယ္။ ေနာက္ဆံုးမွာေတာ့ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ထိုက္တန္လို႔မဟုတ္ဘူး ဘုရားသခင္ရဲ႕ေကာင္းျမတ္ျခင္းေၾကာင့္ပါ ဆိုတဲ့ အေျဖသာထြက္လာပါလိမ့္မယ္။ ဘုရားသခင္ဟာ ႀကီးျမတ္တယ္၊ ဘုရားသခင္ဟာ ေကာင္းျမတ္တယ္လို႔ပဲ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ဝန္ခံၾကရမယ္။

အဲ့ဒီေကာင္းျမတ္တဲ့ ဘုရားသခင္ထံကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ ယေန႔ဆုေတာင္းၾကပါတယ္။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေနရာအႏွံ႔မွာ ေရျပန္က်ဖို႔ဆုေတာင္းၾကပါတယ္။ မယ္ေတာ္ဝန္ခံခဲ့သလို ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔လည္း “တန္ခိုးႀကီးေတာ္မူေသာ ဘုရားသခင္သည္ ငါ့အတြက္ ႀကီးျမတ္ေသာ အမႈကို ျပဳေတာ္မူၿပီ။ သူ၏နာမေတာ္သည္ သန္႔ရွင္း ျမင့္ျမတ္ေတာ္မူ၏” လို႔ ေၾကြးေၾကာ္ႏိုင္ပါလိမ့္မယ္။ ဒီဆုေတာင္းသံဟာ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔အတြက္သာ မဟုတ္ဘဲ သန္းခ်ီတဲ့ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ရဲ႕ ေရေဘးသင့္ ညီအစ္ကိုေမာင္ႏွမမ်ား အားလံုးအတြက္လည္း ဆုေတာင္းေပးသံ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

အသက္ေဘးအႏၲရာယ္ကေန အီဂ်စ္ျပည္ကို ထြက္ေျပးခဲ့ရတဲ့ ေယဇူး၊ မာရီယားနဲ႕ ဇူဇယ္တို႔လိုပဲ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ရဲ႕ ညီအစ္ကိုေမာင္ႏွမမ်ားဟာ သူတို႔အသက္အတြက္သာမကဘဲ လူ႕ဂုဏ္သိကၡာပါ လံုၿခံဳမႈ လိုအပ္ေနပါတယ္။ ကယ္တင္ရွင္ၾကြလာျခင္းဟာ ေကာင္းျမတ္ေသာဘုရားသခင္က သူထားတဲ့ ဂတိေတာ္ကို ျဖည့္စြက္ျခင္းျဖစ္တယ္ဆိုတာကို မယ္ေတာ္ နားလည္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဘဝဟာ ခက္ခဲ ၾကမ္းတမ္းပါတယ္။ ဘုရားသခင္ကလည္း ေကာင္းျမတ္ေတာ္မူပါတယ္။

တတိယအခ်က္အေနနဲ႔မယ္ေတာ္ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႕ကို သိေစခ်င္က “အသက္တာနဲ႔ ေမတၱာတရား ဟာ
ေသျခင္းနဲ႔ အမုန္းတရားထက္ ပိုၿပီး ခြန္အားႀကီးပါတယ္” ...တဲ့။

မယ္ေတာ္ျဖတ္သန္းခဲ့ရတဲ့ ဘဝလမ္းစဥ္ဟာ လူ႕သမိုင္းမွာ ေရွးအက်ဆံုးျဖစ္သလို ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔နဲ႔ အလြန္ရင္းနီးတဲ့ လမ္းစဥ္လည္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဘာျဖစ္လို႔လဲဆိုေတာ့ သမိုင္းတေလွ်ာက္မွာ လူမ်ားစြာဟာ ဒီလမ္းစဥ္ကို ျဖတ္သန္းၾကရတယ္။ ဒီအျဖစ္ အပ်က္ေတြကို ျပန္ရင္ဆိုင္ၾကရတယ္။ ဒီလိုခက္ခဲၾကမ္းတမ္းျခင္းေတြနဲ႔ နာၾကင္မႈေတြကို ခံစားေနခဲ့ၾကရတယ္။

မိခင္တေယာက္က သားတစ္ေယာက္အေပၚထားတဲ့ ခ်စ္ျခင္းေမတၱာလည္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ သားေတာ္ကို အျပည့္အဝနားမလည္ႏိုင္ေပမဲ့ ခ်စ္ျခင္းေမတၱာအရာမွာေတာ့ ျပည့္ဝခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒီနည္းအတိုင္းပဲ ဘုရားသခင္ကလည္း ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ လူသားမ်ားကို ျပည့္ဝစြာခ်စ္ပါတယ္။ ခရစၥမတ္ ကာလမွာ ေပၚထြန္းလာတဲ့ ၾကယ္ေတာ္ဟာ ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ျခင္း၊ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းျခင္းတို႔ရဲ႕ အမွတ္အသား ျဖစ္သလို႔ ေတာက္ပေနတဲ့ ဘုရားသခင္ရဲ႕ ေမတၱာေတာ္လည္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ဘဝဆိုတာကေတာ့ အၿမဲတမ္း အစီအစဥ္တက် မရွိပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ေမတၱာတရားကေတာ့ အၿမဲတမ္း ေအာင္ပြဲခံပါတယ္။ သားေတာ္ကို သတ္ခ်င္ခဲ့တဲ့ ေဟ႐ုဒ္ နဲ႔ သတ္မိန္႔ေပးခဲ့တဲ့ ပီလာတူး မင္းတို႔ဟာ သခၤ်ဳိင္းထဲမွာ ေသၾကပါၿပီ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ မယ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕ သားေတာ္ဟာ အခုခ်ိန္ထိ အသက္ရွင္ေနဆဲပါပဲ။အမုန္းတရားေတြ ေသဆံုးေပ်ာက္ကြယ္သြားေပမဲ့ ေမတၱာတရားက ရွင္သန္ေနပါတယ္။ မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ ကယ္တင္ရွင္ကို သူမရဲ႕ ႏွလံုးသားထဲမွာ ခႏၶာကိုယ္ထဲမွာ အၿမဲသယ္ေဆာင္ထားပါတယ္။ အသက္ သခင္၊ ေမတၱာေတာ္အရွင္ကို သယ္ေဆာင္ထားတဲ့ မယ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕ ခႏၶာကိုယ္ဟာလည္း မပ်က္စီးပဲ ထာဝရတည္ေနပါတယ္။

မယ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕ ဝိညာဥ္ေရာ ခႏၶာပါ ေကာင္းကင္ဘံုသို႔ ပင့္ေဆာင္ျခင္း ခံရတယ္ ဆိုတဲ့ သတင္းစကားကို သံေယာဟန္က ဗ်ာဒိတ္က်မ္းမွာ ေဖၚျပထားပါတယ္။ မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ ေနကို ၀တ္႐ံုအျဖစ္ ဝတ္ဆင္ ထားၿပီး လကို ေျခဖဝါးေအာက္မွာ နင္းထားတယ္၊ ၾကယ္ တစ္ဆယ့္ႏွစ္လံုးကို သရဖူအျဖစ္ ေဆာင္း ထားတယ္။ (ဗ်ာဒိတ္က်မ္း ၁၂း၁)။

မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ ဒီလို အရွိန္ အဝါေတြနဲ႔ ေကာင္းကင္ဘံုမွာ တိတ္တဆိတ္ စံပယ္ေနတာ မဟုတ္ပါဘူး။ မယ္ေတာ္သခင္မဟာ ဘုရားနဲ႔ လူေတြအၾကားမွာ အဆက္မျပတ္ ၾကားဝင္ ျဖန္ေျဖေပးျခင္းအားျဖင့္ လူသားမ်ားအတြက္ ကယ္တင္ျခင္းကို ရယူေပးေနပါတယ္။ ကမၻာေျမေပၚ ခရီးသြားေနၾကတဲ့ ေလာကီလူသားမ်ားကို မိခင္တစ္ဦးရဲ႕ ေမတၱာနဲ႔ အစဥ္အၿမဲ ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေနပါတယ္။

ဒီမယ္ေတာ္ဟာ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသူ ႏိုင္ငံသားမ်ားကိုလည္း ကာကြယ္ေစာင့္ေရွာက္လွ်က္ ရွိပါတယ္။ လြန္ခဲ့တဲ့ ၂ ပတ္ေလာက္ကစၿပီး ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ ႏိုင္ငံဟာ ၾကမ္းတမ္းတဲ့ သဘာဝတရားရဲ႕ ထိုးႏွက္မႈ ခံခဲ့ရတယ္။ ေက်းရြာေတြ ရာနဲ႔ခ်ီၿပီး ေရျမဳပ္ခဲ့တယ္။ ဒီမယ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕ ေစာင့္ေရွာက္မႈေၾကာင့္ အသက္ေဘးကေန လြတ္ေျမာက္ခဲ့ၾကတယ္။ အေယာက္ ၁၀၀ နီးပါး ေသဆံုးခဲ့ၾကေပမဲ့ ေထာင္ေပါင္း မ်ားစြာေသာလူေတြ ေဘးကင္းခဲ့ၾကတယ္။ တက္လာတဲ့ ေရပမာဏကိုၾကည့္ရင္ လူေပါင္းမ်ားစြာ အသက္ဆံုး႐ံႈးမယ္လို႔ထင္ရတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ အံ့ၾသဖို႔ေကာင္းစြာနဲ႔ ေဘးကင္းခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။

ေကာင္းကင္ဘံုသို႔ ပင့္ေဆာင္ျခင္းခံရေသာပြဲကေန မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔အတြက္ ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ ျခင္းကို သယ္ေဆာင္ခဲ့ေပးပါတယ္။ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔တစ္ဦးစီဟာ ဂုဏ္သိကၡာရွိသူေတြျဖစ္တယ္ဆိုတာကို သိသာ ထင္ရွားေစပါတယ္။ ေယဇူးဟာ ဘုရားရဲ႕သားေတာ္ျဖစ္သလို ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔လူသားအားလံုးဟာလည္း ဘုရားရဲ႕ ပံုသ႑န္အတိုင္းဖန္းဆင္းခံရသူမ်ားျဖစ္တယ္ဆိုတာကို သတိေပးပါတယ္။ မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ သန္႔ရွင္းသူျဖစ္သလို ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔အားလံုးဟာလည္း သန္႔ရွင္းသူမ်ားျဖစ္ၾကပါတယ္။ တမန္ေတာ္ ေပါလူးက “သင္တို႔သည္ သန္႔ရွင္းသူမ်ားျဖစ္ၾက၏၊ သင္တို႔သည္ ဘုရား၏ဗိမာန္ေတာ္မ်ားျဖစ္ၾက၍ ဘုရားသခင္သည္ သင္တို႔၌ စံပယ္ေတာ္မူ၏” လို႔ သတိေပးခဲ့ပါတယ္ (၁ ေကာ္ ၃း၁၆)။ ဤအရာဟာ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔အတြက္ သတင္းစကားျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔အားလံုးဟာ သန္႔ရွင္းၾကတယ္။ ေကာင္းေသာ လုပ္ငန္းစဥ္မ်ားကို ေဆာင္ရြက္ရင္း ဘုရားသခင္ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္ထဲကို သူမနဲ႔အတူ ဝင္ေရာက္ၾကဖို႔ မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႕ကို ဖိတ္ေခၚေနပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ တစ္ဦးတစ္ေယာက္ခ်င္းမဟုတ္ဘဲ ႏိုင္ငံ တစ္ခုလံုးအေနနဲ႔ေတာင္ ႀကီးျမတ္မႈကို ရယူႏိုင္ပါတယ္လို႔ မယ္ေတာ္က ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ကို ခြန္အားေပး ေနပါတယ္။

ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ႏိုင္ငံဟာ မၾကာခင္မွာ ႏိုင္ငံအတြက္ အေရးပါတဲ့ ဒီမိုကေရစီ ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲကို က်င္းပၾက ေတာ့မွာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒီႏိုင္ငံဟာ ဝိညာဥ္ေရးရာ ၾကြယ္ဝတဲ့ ႏိုင္ငံတစ္ခုျဖစ္တယ္ဆိုတာ ကမၻာက အသိအမွတ္ ျပဳထားပါတယ္။ ႏွစ္ေပါင္း ၆၀ ေက်ာ္ၾကာခဲ့တဲ့ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးစနစ္က ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔အားလံုးကို မြန္းက်ပ္ေစတဲ့ အေမွာင္ထုေအာက္ ေရာက္ေစခဲ့ပါတယ္။ လြန္ခဲ့တဲ့ ငါးႏွစ္က ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ျခင္း မီးစေလး ေပၚလာခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ႏိုင္ငံေရး အက်ဥ္းသားေတြ လြတ္ေျမာက္လာတယ္၊ တင္းၾကပ္တဲ့ စိစစ္ေရးေတြ ေလွ်ာ့ေပါ့ေပးတယ္၊ စီးပြါးေရးမွာပြင့္လင္းမႈရွိလာတယ္။ ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ျခင္းမီးစေပးခဲ့တဲ့ ႏိုင္ငံေခါင္းေဆာင္ မ်ားကို ေက်းဇူးတင္ပါတယ္။ ၿပီးေျမာက္သည္အထိလည္း ေဆာင္ရြက္ေစခ်င္ပါတယ္။

ဒါေပမဲ့ အေမွာင္ထုႀကီးက ထြက္ခြါမသြားခ်င္ေသးဘူး။ ၂၀၁၂ ခုႏွစ္မွာ ျပဌါန္းခဲ့တဲ့ ေျမယာဥေပေဒက သားစဥ္ေျမးဆက္ လုပ္ကိုင္ေနခဲ့တဲ့ လယ္သမားေတြရဲ႕ အခြင့္အေရးေတြကို ထိပါးလာတယ္။ ခ်မ္းသာတဲ့သူေတြသာ ပိုခ်မ္းသာေစတဲ့ စီးပြါးေရးစနစ္ဆိုးႀကီး သန္းေပါင္းမ်ားစြာေသာ ျပည္သူေတြကို ဆင္းရဲတြင္း နက္ေစေနဆဲျဖစ္တယ္။

ေျပာင္းလဲမႈကို ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ ရွာေဖြၾကတယ္ဆိုတာ တရားမွ်တမႈအေပၚ အေျချပဳတဲ့ အေျပာင္းအလဲကို ေတာင့္တာပါ။ ေမတၱာတရားနဲ႔ အသက္တာကို တန္ဘိုးထားတဲ့ ေျပာင္းလဲျခင္းကို အလိုရွိပါတယ္။ မယ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕အသက္တာမွာလည္း ထင္ရွားစြာေတြ႕ရတဲ့အတိုင္း လူ႕ဂုဏ္သိကၡာကို ေလးစား တန္ဘိုး ထားတဲ့ အေျပာင္းအလဲကို လိုခ်င္ပါတယ္။ မယ္ေတာ္ဟာ ဒီကမၻာေပၚမွာ လူူ႕ဂုဏ္သိကၡာကို ျမႇင့္တင္ေပးသူျဖစ္သလို ကာကြယ္ေပးသူလည္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ “ဘုရားသခင္ဟာ သူ႔ရဲ႕တန္ခိုးႀကီးတဲ့ လက္႐ံုးေတာ္အားျဖင့္ မာနေထာင္လႊားသူေတြကို ကြဲလြင့္ေစပါလိမ့္မယ္” လို႔ မယ္ေတာ္က သတိ ေပးေနပါတယ္။ (လုကာ ၁း၅၁)

ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲဆိုတာ ဦးတည္ရာ ပန္းတိုင္ခ်မွတ္ခ်ိန္ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒီအခ်ိန္မွာ တိုင္းသူျပည္သားမ်ားသာ အရွင္သခင္ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အာဏာကို ဖက္တြယ္ခ်င္ေနတဲ့ အာဏာရွင္ေတြကို မယ္ေတာ္က သတိ ေပးေနပါတယ္။ “အင္အားႀကီးေသာသူတို႔ကို အ႐ိုက္အရာမွ ခ်ေတာ္မူ၍ ႏွိမ့္ခ်ေသာသူတို႔ကို အင္အားႀကီးေသာ သူတို႔ေနရာမွာ ခ်ီးေျမႇာက္ေတာ္မူမည္” တိုင္းသူျပည္သားအားလံုး ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ေနၾက တာလည္း ဒါပါပဲ။ မယ္ေတာ္ ေလာကီမွာ သက္ရွင္ေနထိုင္ခဲ့တဲ့ ကာလရဲ႕ သမိုင္းဟာလည္း ဒီအတိုင္းပဲ ျဖစ္ပါလိမ့္မယ္။ ဆင္းရဲသားမ်ားလက္ထဲက လုယူတဲ့သူေတြဟာ သမိုင္းရဲ႕ ေလာင္ ကၽြမ္းျခင္း ခံရလိမ့္မယ္။ ဆင္းရဲသားမ်ားအတြက္ တရားမွ်တျခင္းကို ေဖၚေဆာင္ေပးသူ ေတြဟာ ထာဝရအတြက္ အသက္ရွင္ၾကပါလိမ့္မယ္။ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ရဲ႕ အာဇာနည္ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ႀကီးမ်ားကို သတိရ ၾကတယ္၊ ရွစ္ေလးလံုး (၈၈၈၈) အေရးေတာ္ပံုမွာ စေတးခဲ့ၾကတဲ့ ေက်ာင္းသားေတြကို သတိရ ၾကတယ္။ တရားမွ်တမႈကို ေဖၚေဆာင္ဖို႔ႀကိဳးစားရင္း ဖိႏွိပ္ခံရတဲ့ သူေတြကို ဦးညႊတ္အေလးျပဳ ပါတယ္။ မယ္ေတာ္သခင္မဟာလည္း ေရာမေတြႀကီးစိုးတဲ့ ေခတ္ကာလမွာ ရွင္သန္ခဲ့ရတယ္။ မတရားမႈေတြကို နားလည္တယ္၊ အျပစ္မဲ့တဲ့ သူမရဲ႕သားကို လက္ဝါးကားတိုင္မွာတင္ၿပီး သတ္ပစ္ ခံရတဲ့ထိ မတရားမႈေတြကို ခံစားခဲ့ရတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ အဲဒီ မတရားဖိႏွိပ္မႈ အေမွာင္ထဲကေန ကယ္တင္ျခင္း တရားလမ္း ေပၚထြက္လာခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ယေန႔ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔ အမိျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အတြက္ ဒီဆုကိုပဲ ေတာင္းၾကပါတယ္။ ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲဟာ တရားမွ်တျခင္းကို ပီျပင္စြာ ေတာင္းဆိုတဲ့ တံပိုးမႈတ္သံျဖစ္ပါေစ။ ခရစ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕ သတင္းစကားျဖစ္တဲ့ “ဆင္းရဲသားတို႔တြက္ သတင္းေကာင္း၊ ဖမ္းဆီးခ်ဳပ္ေႏွာင္ခံရသူတို႔တြက္ လြတ္ေျမာက္ရာအေၾကာင္း” သည္ ဤႏိုင္ငံမွာ အစစ္အမွန္ျဖစ္လာႏိုင္ပါေစ။ မယ္ေတာ္ေကာင္းကင္ဘံုသို႔ ပင့္ေဆာင္ခံရျခင္း ပြဲေတာ္က်င္းပၾကေသာ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔သည္လည္း မယ္ေတာ္ကဲ့သို႔ ခရစ္ေတာ္အေပၚ သစၥာတည္ၾကည္ ပါလွ်င္ အျမင့္ဆံုးထိ ေရာက္ႏိုင္ပါသည္ဟူေသာ ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ျခင္းမ်ား ရရွိႏိုင္ၾကပါေစ။ မယ္ေတာ္၏ ကူညီ ေစာင္မျခင္းအားျဖင့္ ကၽြႏ္ုပ္တို႔၌ ေပ်ာ္ရႊင္ျဖင္း၊ ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ျခင္း၊ ခ်စ္ျခင္းတို႔ ျပည့္ဝပါေစေသာ္။

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