We all hope to do the right thing at the right time. Most times we end up doing the right thing at the wrong time. At other times, and we hope these are rare occasions, we just do the wrong things. There is never a right time for wrong things.
Listening to the Merdeka Day message by Archbishop Tan Sri Datuk Murphy Pakiam read out during the homily exhorting Catholics to be politically involved and responsible is one thing but to sing the national anthem, Negara Ku before the final hymn just felt like the wrong thing to do. I said it ‘felt’ wrong but after a few verses of half-hearted miming, I realised that the anthem refers to ‘Tuhan’, God, twice. We thank God for our country because it is his gift and blessing to us. Very appropriate song to sing at Mass on 31 August, don’t you think? The right thing to do at the right time.
We are living in challenging times – spiritually, socially and politically. It is never the wrong time to bear witness to gospel truths of justice and compassion for all. Praying we will do this in every way possible, wherever we are.