A Lenten seminar on the theme “Seek first the Kingdom of God” was held recently by Diocesan Catechetical Centre in Karachi, Pakistan.
The Lenten seminar at St. Patrick College, Karachi organized by Fr. Arthur Charles, director of the Catechetical Centre and the Dominican fathers and their lay fraternity, was attended by over 450 faithful from 10 parishes of the Archdiocese of Karachi. Many others followed through the live broadcast of "Good Catholic News," the diocesan TV streaming.
Anwar Daniel, president of the Fraternity of Lay Dominicans, offered his testimony of lay life. To him to "seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness meant to know and do the will of God in everyday life". Dominican theologian Father Thomas Bhatti commented on the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus invites us to "seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness" (Mt 6:33), saying that this is an invitation to "put God first in our life: he will make our life new".
Lay Catholic Shemeem Kursheed, dean of the Saint Patrick College and the main speaker of the day, said: "The kingdom of God transcends political and geographic boundaries and embraces our ethnic and cultural differences. The Kingdom of God includes all people in the same way: every tribe, every nation, even all creation. This means that we are called to seek the good of all peoples; we are called to denounce violence wherever it is. We are called to put the spotlight on injustice and oppression of those situations where there is an imbalance that leads to an abuse of power. Therefore, we are called to always promote peace". (Fides)