The Parliamentary Liaison Office of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) recently celebrated Mass at Parliament Building with Members of Parliament who are currently meeting at Parliament building in Lilongwe where the officer responsible, Fr. Henry Chinkanda challenged them to radiating God’s life in whatever they do.
The Mass which was celebrated under the theme “Perceiving realities of life through Jesus’ lenses”as depicted on the logo Pope Francis had chosen for the Year of Mercy made reference to the current debate on abortion bill and same sex marriages.
Fr. Chinkanda said learning from the Apostle Andrew whose feast is commemorated on the same day of the Mass which was celebrated in Parliament,saidall Christians, including Members of Parliament, are apostles in their own way.
“Like Andrew, who after he had found Jesus the Messiah, went to share the good news of life with his brother Peter, all Christians are also called to do the same by radiating God’s life in whatever they do, including when passing bills in Parliament,” said Fr. Chinkanda.
With this background in mind, Fr. Chinkanda lamented that Christians were learning in dismay that human life and the family were under direct attack through the Termination of Pregnancy Bill including those who are pushing for the legalization of homosexual practices and unions.
He reminded the legislators that the Church teaches that, human life must be respected, preserved and defended from the moment of conception just because life is sacred.
Referring to the first reading of the day in which St. Paul wrote, ‘there is no distinction between Jews and people of other nations because the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all’, Fr. Chinkanda observed that by implication, the same could also be stated that there is no distinction between the person who is already born in this world and the one yet to be born and is conceived in his or her mother.
In this regard, Fr. Chinkanda called on the Members of Parliament to make a proper discernment as they deliberate on the stated bill guided by Gospel values and moral principles that celebrate life rather than advocating for a culture of death.
“There will be no other people to pass and promulgate this into law except you who are gathered here in this August House”, said Fr. Chinkanda.
He said the Church is calling upon each one of us to stand up for life by saying NO to the culture of death.
“Let us choose life and avoid a self-destructive culture. We should be ambassadors of life even in Parliament. That is why Pope Francis says: ‘A good Catholic should meddle himself or herself into politics’ so as to influence good policies in society,” he saidFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :