|Sharing at Morning Assembly – Pray for Hong Kong
Sharing at Morning Assembly – Pray for Hong Kong
Good morning, teachers and Shungtakians,
First of all, my thanks to Mr. Kwan for inviting me to share with you this morning some of my thoughts about the current situation of Hong Kong in relation to the Extradition Bill.
Last Sunday’s ‘million-strong’ march was a show of solidarity and our love for this city we call home. The single-minded pursuit of freedom and the fight for justice we saw from people is reason enough for us to take pride in Hong Kong, our home. In a pluralistic society like ours, different opinions are inevitable. The Extradition Bill has caused huge public concern and controversy. It is in situations like this that respect and tolerance for differences is all the more important. Having the cool head to hear each other out and showing a willingness to resolve a matter amid differences are paramount to a peaceful resolution.
It is saddening, then, when the largely peaceful protest last Sunday escalated into a conflict. While we enjoy our rights and freedom, we should not lose sight of our responsibilities and obligations. We all know this – when one has the freedom of expression, he has a duty to respect other people’s rights. Otherwise, this freedom could no longer exist.
At this point, I know we may have many questions. We may question the acts of the police, the actions of the government and the actions of some of the people at the march. But one thing should be clear, and that is, we all want to find a peaceful resolution. I hope and pray we can work towards this and pray for a greater restraint to be exercised on all sides – protesters and law enforcers. Let dialogues replace bickering, and open-mindedness replace stubbornness. Let freedom, democracy, rule of law – our much-cherished values – continue to prevail.
It pains us to see injury to fellow human beings on the news. It is normal that we feel for them and their experience, even we were not at the scene. Our acute awareness of others is indeed a show of care and concern which underpin human relationships. I am glad to learn that our students are not only busy with their studies, but they are also showing great concern for others in society and for what is happening. The theme of morning sharing this month is “taking responsibility”. I am happy to see some student leaders taking the courage and initiative to channel their views to the school and having a dialogue with the school. Shungtakians who focus your attention on your studies now are also fulfilling your responsibility. We understand that the status quo is worrying, but we pray that you, students, can continue to remain focused on your examination.
A biblical verse that I would like to share with you this morning is taken from the Book of James – “whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it is also peaceable, kindly and considerate; it is full of mercy and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. The peace sown by peacemakers brings a harvest of justice.” (James 13:17-18) Once again, we are reminded of the importance of wisdom in whatever that we do and say. It’s all too easy to have rationality replaced by sentiments, especially in the heat of the moment, when negative emotions like anger and sense of injustice get the better of us. Remind ourselves to be peacemakers who sow the seeds of peace when upholding justice, for the pursuit of justice does not justify undermining peace. St. James rightly reminded us that it is with the wisdom of God that truth, peace, goodness can be realised.
Shungtakians, where there is hope, there is faith; where there is faith, there are miracles.In the face of dilemmas and the rapidly changing conditions in our society, a strong faith is what brings us hope. There may be times that we are confused about what to do, frustrated at the circum-stances that we feel we have little control over, and are uncertain about the way ahead. But it is in times like this that we should not forget to look up to God for His grace and wisdom. May His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven - this is what we ask for in the Lord's Prayer.
To close, I would like to call on every one of us to continue to keep Hong Kong in our prayers, especially for all those who have been injured. Let us say the Lord’s Prayer together…
Thank you and God bless.
Dr. Cecilia Tang