Nagaland Catholic Women Association (NCWA) observed the second day of its silver jubilee celebration at Holy Cross Dimapur on Saturday with The Shillong Times editor, Patricia Mukhim as speaker of the second session.
Speaking on the topic ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrew 13:8)’, Mukhim asserted that people needed to continue with Jesus’ legacy by helping the needy. She stated that His teachings would remain the same and it would be wrong for anyone to dilute those teachings for the benefit of their own interests.
Pointing out the prevalent corruption in the North East, Mukhim called upon the congregation to compare their attitude towards the rich and powerful and towards the poor and needy. ‘Let us look into ourselves whether we are truly representing Jesus’, she said.
Underscoring the conclusion of philosophers and researchers of the Bible that Jesus had never been in a rush, the speaker lamented that today in their rushing and busy scheduled lives, people hardly get the time to realize their sins.
Mukhim also called upon the women delegates that they needed to live close to the teachings of Jesus. ‘As women, we have a high calling to serve the society but sometimes due to the patriarchal nature of our society, we face need to restrict our actions’, she stated.
She also underlined Jesus’ intimate knowledge of people and stated that He helped people through His ability to understand them. Comparing clean heart and conscience with a ‘clean plate’, the speaker further asserted that God has given clean plates to all. ‘But we sometimes attend mass with dirty plates and wonder why we did not get any blessing’, she added.
Citing excerpts from the Bible, Patricia Mukhim encouraged delegates not to carry grudges from the past and said everyone needed to seek forgiveness and forgive. She stated that resentment, anger and unforgiving qualities in a person were like poison which not only destroys the soul but also the physical body.
While specifying that Jesus always gave the gift of his presence to those who needed Him, she further stressed on the necessity for people to also reach out and help those who were in need.
The session was highlighted by song presentations by Chakhesang CWA choir, Holy Cross youth and individuals from various parishes. Nagaland University Teachers’ Association president, Rosemary Dzuvichu also attended the session as special guest. CBCI secretary for Women Commission, Sr. Lily Francis and Kiphire Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Alex Vizo were main speakers for the first and third sessions of the day.