Peace be upon you is a message that has been around for thousands of years and has always become more relevant at Christmas time.
Regardless of each individual’s struggles in life, the Christmas celebration has always provided momentum for finding a new spirit to start over again.
Christmas is an opportunity for many to step back a little, reflect on their lives, look back at the blessings they have received and gain new energy to live for another day.
Christmas is more than just exchanging gifts or listening to the sounds of carols in malls, it also a chance for Christians to take a look at their existence in the world today, their faith in Jesus and how they can contribute to humanity and society in general.
Amid the interreligious tension that has been brewing in 2017 because of political interests, Christmas is a chance for everyone — regardless of their beliefs — to come together in the spirit of maintaining the values of pluralism and diversity, the legacy of our founding fathers that passes from one generation to another.
May this year’s Christmas give a glimmer of new hope to everyone, like the one we saw in the eyes of inmates who celebrated the holiday season at Kerobokan Prison in Bali. May Christmas bells continue to toll in the hearts of each Indonesian so that they can put their differences aside for the greater good.
Merry Christmas to all of you.
Text: JP/Jerry Adiguna