His Eminence John Cardinal Tong Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Hong Kong Christmas Message 2020
His Eminence John Cardinal Tong
Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Hong Kong Christmas Message 2020
The year 2020 has been a difficult one. The pandemic social distancing regulations have changed how we interact and relate to each other. All these interfered with our daily lives.
Waiting for the pandemic to be over is too passive. We must adopt a new way of thinking and acting in the context of the digital culture. The concepts of space, language and behaviour are transforming us, particularly among the younger generation. We have to face all the challenges and make good use of information technologies to have contact with other people. Christmas recalls “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). God’s inexhaustible grace stimulates every heart with sublime ideas of equality and friendship. His grace calls for a commitment to peace-making and a dialogue of solidarity across all nations. It also calls for a universal concern for creation. To wear a mask because of caution is now a fact of our daily lives. And behind the mask is the face of a brother or sister. While smiles on the face may be blocked by the mask, the care from our heart is never blocked. Therefore, this Christmas, don’t forget to reach out to friends and the family, and wish them peace and joy from our caring heart. We do not know how long this difficult pandemic days will last. With God’s grace, we will sail through the rough waters. Let us stand by each other.
May the Love and Peace of the Lord be with you always! Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!