Christians all over the world commemorate with devotion and splendour Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, who was born to this world on a day like today (25th). We, of the JVP, with pleasure, wish Sri Lankan Christian devotees, who celebrate Christmas with Christians all over the world, a Merry Christmas.
Christmas, the day Jesus Christ was born 2019 years ago in Bethlehem, is generally recognized as the day bringing the message of peace and fellowship. In a world where religious philosophy based on brotherhood and co-existence too is used by greedy and sinister capitalism to create division among people and get them to kill each other, the responsibility of all is to find the true meaning of Christmas. We believe that today, the first Christmas celebrated after the barbaric attack targeting Christian devotees on Easter Sunday and also without those who lost their lives that day, is a good opportunity for all Christians to resolve to defeat the real owners of the destructive politics and their vile intentions and share Jesus Christ’s message of peace and brotherhood among the masses.
Jesus Christ fought on behalf of his vision. He raised the ideological weapon against the administration that suppressed masses. He, who fought against vicious, corrupt rulers for freedom and justice, sacrificed His life for the liberation of the people all over the world. It is what made His life sacred. The country, the world needs today fully-fledged independent people with such a fighting spirit.
The challenge we have as a society today is to create a soil where noble qualities Jesus Christ taught could be grown. In an egocentric society, His vision that teaches to transact with our neighbour with love, brotherhood and co-existence is a precious message. His teaching that “He, who has two coats, let him give to him who has none” is not only a valuable lesson of equality but also emphasizes the need of a society where equality reigns over.
We call upon all Christian devotees in Sri Lanka to make this Christmas the day of resolve to create such a society. We wish all Christians a Merry Christmas!
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna