... If Jesus Appears Today
It is extremely doubtful if by chance Christ happened to appear in this world again whether people would really listen to him even at this time, in spite of the tremendous proselytising by the unending trails of zealous missionaries, and, after all, whether the West itself, the very home of Christianity, would be willing to change its ways from so tantalising a glamour of materialism and its myriads of vested commercial and industrial interests, no doubt all meant for the greater and wider comforts of the fellow-men, but nonetheless resulting in an insatiable whetting of epicurean tendencies and the headiness of power politics. At any rate, Jesus might most likely find himself a stranger if he happened to be in the aisle of a Synod. Besides, nearly half of Europe and two thirds of Asia will decidedly refuse him entry visa, and more than eight hundred millions of people will be debarred from access to him. And yet, the world has no other go but to listen to and practise the teaching of the Christ if it is to save itself from recurrent global conflagrations, inevitable slaughter of great masses of innocent people, unmitigable suffering, and systematic demoralisation.
The pealing of Christmas bells brings us a wistful ray of hope and a languid expectation that the spirit of the Messiah might one day resurrect in all its glory in the hearts of men and women all over the world, and particularly within those that are at the helms of the world and governments.
May the grace of Holy Christ be upon us all!