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‘We are all invaded by the enemy syndrome and perceive ‘the other’ as a threat–even within our religious communities. We categorize people and thereby marginalize and judge them.’, says Rev Ebenezer Joseph from Sri Lanka.
‘This enmity could be perceived in our hearts and that is as destructive as open manifestations of violence. In fact all starts from this inner attitude of how you perceive the other to be. The absence of outward violent manifestation does not imply that you and I are totally free from such inner attitudes’.
Let’s reflect on Jesus’ words in Matthew 6.
Please note, Jesus did not only preach against categorization and judging but consciously performed deeds and miracles to free people from such categorized stereotypes, restoring them to a life of dignity.
‘The Christian community has to boldly say 'No' to all forms of violence. This will change the destiny of the world, its economy and its life style. We cannot talk about authentic life for the marginalized if we do not deal with the issues of categorization, enmity and violence.’
Let us pray:
That God will give us the strength so that we can boldly change the ‘destiny of this world’ by refusing all forms of violence.
For all the countries in this world that experience strong violence. God have mercy!
For the countries in post-conflict situations where the process of healing and reconciliation has begun. God have mercy!
For wisdom for political leaders who are putting structures and policies in place to govern their countries in peace. God have mercy!
For church leaders and churches to be voices and testimonies of peace and reconciliation. God have mercy!
Reflecting on the recent news below regarding cereal availability in 2008: We pray for good harvests in countries that are most affected by the increase in cereal price. Let’s not give up hoping and praying for justice in the complex global market economy.
Meditate on the Statistics
As you spend time in prayer and reflection, you may like to take a moment to silently understand with your heart the focus statistic we include each week (see below). Our hope is that you will find this series of statistics a useful resource in preparing presentations.
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Target 2: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
‘The world’s poor countries will have to pay 35 percent more for their cereals imports – taking the total cost to a record $33.1 billion – in the year to July 2008, even as their food purchases decline by 2 percent. Food consumption per capita will suffer a slight drop.’
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization; United Nations, 14 February 2008
Yours in Christ,
Regine and MC team
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