Category Archives: Spiritual Reflections

A Malaysian treads on Dangerous Ground by Queering Guadalupe

What first drew me to the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe were the myths surrounding the image. When I was a much younger man, and avowedly Roman in my Catholicism, someone (I forget who now) loaned me a book that recounted with detailed words and images the legendary apparition of Mary to Juan Diego in 1531. I was enthralled by what I read. It touched me very deeply that a humble peasant was visited by the Mother of Christ on a lonely spot, and Read More +

“Will Those Who Do Not Believe in Jesus Be Saved?” An LGBTIQ Theological Reflection on Salvation

Sometimes, I am approached by some Christians who ask me, “Have you been saved?” Every now and again, I hear some Christians say, “I accepted Jesus and I have been saved.” I also have people asking me, “Do people who do not believe in Jesus be saved?” When I hear questions and statements like these, it makes me think about why I am a Christian, about the different Christian traditions, about my non-Christian friends. It makes me think about the passage from Mark chapter 16, Read More +

Feast of the Presentation of Mary | November 21

The presentation of Mary at the temple echoes that of her own son (Luke 2: 22-40). Although the historical veracity of these incidents can never be fully (or ever) ascertained, what remains crucial is the theological significance that they convey. The presentation of Mary, and of Christ are reminders that every human person is caught up with God in some deep, existential way, even if God is not explictly acknowledged. By virtue of our existence, we are infused and surrounded by God, God who comes Read More +

“Our Father in Heaven”: A Reflection on the Prayer of Jesus

There is a special prayer that appears in the gospels of Luke and Matthew. This prayer is often called the “Our Father,” or “The Lord’s Prayer,” or simply, “The Prayer of Jesus.” I personally like “The Prayer of Jesus.” The writers of the gospels of Luke and Matthew attribute the origin of this prayer to Jesus. Among the many prayers we have as followers of Christ, the “Our Father” is considered one of the most important. I remember that this was one of the first Read More +

Celebrating LGBTQ Identities, Attractions and Expressions in God: A Response to Pastor Edmund Smith

Pastor Edmund Smith and “A Homosexual Lifestyle” My reflection is conceptualised as a response to a sharing by Pastor Edmund Smith on February 23, 2014 at the Community Baptist Church at Kota Damansara, Selangor, Malaysia, on “how God restored his identity as the son of the Living God from a homosexual lifestyle.”[1] This sharing was subsequently published in the Malaysian Christian news website Christianity Malaysia on March 5, 2014.[1] Smith and his wife, Amanda, are “the founders and directors of Real Love Ministry (RLM), an Read More +

Repent or Believe in the Closet: When Pastoral Care is Anything But

A recent chance encounter with a Facebook posting alerted me to an event that immediately grabbed my attention. The title of the posting read: “LGBT: What is our Response as Catholics?” The Lifeline College and Young Adults Ministry[1] at the Jesuit-pastored St Francis Xavier Church, Petaling Jaya in the Malaysian state of Selangor had organised a talk on the evening of Friday, October 26, 2013. They had invited a guest speaker who was a diocesan priest from a parish in a neighbouring state. I had Read More +