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OHMSI Inaugural Launch – Was Jesus Political?
There’s quite a lot I could reflect on based on the OHMSI event. I’ve included two videos to get a feel of the opening and closing segments. The in-between stuff was the heart of the event. Dr. Lim Kar Yong as kindly begun putting up his paper on his blog. But I will start with a memorable poem read our by the second commentator Dr Beth Baikan, Catholic Scholar from Stella Maris Parish, Sabah during her time for comments to set the tone.
I Cannot Pray
I cannot pray “OUR“,
if my faith has no room for others and their need.
I cannot pray “FATHER“,
if I do not demonstrate this relationship to God in my daily living.
I cannot pray “WHO ART IN HEAVEN“,
if all of my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.
I cannot pray “HALLOWED BE THY NAME“, if I am not striving for God’s help to be holy.
I cannot pray “THY KINGDOM COME“,
if I am unwilling to accept God’s rule in my life.
I cannot pray “THY WILL BE DONE“,
if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.
I cannot pray “ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN“,
unless I am truly ready to give myself to God’s service here and now.
I cannot pray “GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD“,
without expending honest effort for it or if I would withhold from my neighbor the bread I receive.
I cannot pray “FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US“,
if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.
I cannot pray “LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION“,
if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot pray “DELIVER US FROM EVIL“,
if I am not prepared to fight with my life and my prayer.
I cannot pray “THINE IS THE KINGDOM“,
if I am unwilling to obey the King.
I cannot pray “THINE IS THE POWER AND THE GLORY“,
if I am seeking power for myself and my own glory first.
I cannot pray “FOREVER AND EVER“,
if I am too anxious about each day’s affairs.
I cannot pray “AMEN“,
unless I honestly say “Not MY will, but THY will be done”, so let it be.