The author, Bernard Manilla is a Jesuit from Kenya, a nation even more divided that most. Paul said that Jesus was the one “in whom all things hold together” in Col. 1:17. Paul also makes it clear that if we are to be like Christ, we must be one of those in whom “all things hold together.” Merry Christmas my friends “in whom all things hold together” because we offer grace to all.
“Not all religions are authentic in the sense that they are authentic when they truly seek meaning to life by relating to the One who supports and gives meaning to life. There are many faces of God but not all of them true to who God really is FOR US. Authentic religions are in some way God given and they are also man’s expressions of reaching out to God and to find him in all things in life. All true religion seeks God both beyond and greater than all as well as within all. There is surely more than a spark of God’s truth and love in any sincerely felt religion that helps man makes sense of life and mutual relations. Any religion that divides and oppress people is simply man-made and not authentic. Of course any religion constantly needs purification as it gets mixed with so much too human cultural dross. Even Christianity needs constant faithfulness to Christ as it also gets mixed up with was is a human way of thinking. That is why we need to listen to each other and help each other seek the true face of God in the world and for the world. Seeking God is letting him reveal himself without our too human admixture though he certainly speaks to us in our human language. That is why all religions, however good, are imperfect and inadequate and need constantly to remain open to God’s call. There has always been true and false prophets and we need to to distinguish between them. “