While perusing the headlines I ran across this story.
THE Government has banned new political parties from registering under the name of religion to prevent confusion among the public, Sin Chew Daily reported.
Home Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid told the daily that the Government was concerned that certain parties were disguising their organisations in the name of religion while their activities were political in nature.
Azmi said the Government disapproved of such organisations and would beef up enforcement against those abusing religion for political gains.
The name of the Chinese newspaper “Sin Chew Daily” caught my attention. What came to mind was – Sin, Chew Daily; to me a reference to the Eucharist. In the famous passage in John Chapter 6 the Greek word phago is initially used which is an ordinary word for eat. Jesus switches to the word trogo, which means to “gnaw or chew.” One of the translations in the Douay-Rheims Bible that I like is from the Lord’s prayer ‘Give us this day, our super-substantiated bread’ I prefer the emphasis on the supernatural aspect of our daily bread which is truly bread from above. We are all sinners and through the sacrificial death of Jesus we have recourse through the sacramental life of the Church to grow in holiness. So I guess that is my real short meditation on the name of a Chinese newspaper.