quarta-feira, março 25, 2009

Answers can change the world

We celebrate today the Feast of the Annunciation. A detailed analysis of this event between an Angel and Maria tells us
something very simple, but essential: an answer.
Many people often prefer to emphasize the supernatural aspects of the epiphanic events within the Bible. And really we have fantastic list of those that are beautiful. It's not every day that someone has
the privilege to see and hear an angel saying something extraordinary.
But the most important is not the elements that constitute the side of the supernatural. The miracle depends from the side of natural: the
response we give to God's call.
Mary was courageous and his Yes was crucial for everything who followed the
plan of God for humankind. All wonderful and all miracle is effective
only when hearts are open and willing to do God's will. This response
of the young Mary changed her life and also the course of history.
Was a response from inside, entire, not only in lips. Answers like that are what God
expects from us: full and precise answers. Answers with integrity: our life, our body, our
soul and all that we are and what we have. Blessed be Mary, for her courage
and for her complete trust in God's call!
The quality of our answers could change the world as Mary did.

quinta-feira, março 19, 2009

Silence and Obedience: Joseph

One of the most impressive lessons I learned from Joseph, husband of Mary and father of Jesus is on ground as his life was an unquestionable submission to God’s will. And in all this, a point to emphasize: there is no record of any word in the Gospels made by him!

Many thoughts, many intentions many carefully considerations, but always introspective. And the result was always to please God. To follow the divine inspiration and do what was best for Mary and the Child.

The biblical narrators not registered any word from his mouth, but many thoughts and wise decisions. In their hands and heart the Child and Mary always felt safe and loved.

This Lent, perhaps it is time to imitate the Joseph’s example. Many of us used to talk so much, but often we do not act as the same measure of our spoken words. Normally we prefer speak than hear the will of God.

Our true beliefs must be seen in our concrete actions. This season of Lent could be a great opportunity to review our concrete commitment to the church and its mission. Remember that our gestures are more excellent than our words.

Let Joseph inspire us to do with humble spirit obey more than talk. Our prayer could be as the collect of the day tells us: Lord our God, who chose the humble carpenter of Nazareth to be the home where your child Jesus was born, gives us the same willingness to obey your will, governs our families in your love and reverence!.

domingo, março 15, 2009

Could be human rights a criteria for to be part of the Anglican Communion?

After reading carefully the report on the human rights situation in Nigeria I felt very sad about the silence of the Nigerian Church and its connivance with such violence that is practiced there.
The recent debate about legislative changes in Nigeria strengthen homophobic policies and the support that leaders of the Anglican Church has offered to extend these rules even more
has drawn the attention of organizations of human rights worldwide. My feeling of shame increases when I saw the church failing to defend the integrity and the basic rights of people who are criminalized for being homosexuals.
The basic and fundamental question is not to agree or not with the sexual orientation of individuals.
The most important in this problem is only related in values that are at the root of the Gospel: the dignity of every person should be respected unconditionally.
In the name of an orthodoxy that has fueled censure and exclusion of other parts of the Anglican Communion for its liberal attitudes, the Church of Nigeria is destroying the whole building in which is based its own logical orthodoxy. If orthodoxy is to do what is the announcement of good news why
such good news are not for everyone?

Behave in this way is to do as Pontius Pilate did. His option was uniquely to ensure his status quo. What authority has a church which acts this way? What authority has his self proclaimed orthodoxy?
Where is the obedience to the resolution of Lambeth so widely advocated by orthodox when the same resolution requires an attitude of respect for homosexual persons?
Those who advocate the creation of an Anglican Covenant should perhaps think about consider the respect for human dignity as a pillar of that Covenant. The adherence to the Convenant should include an unrestricted commitment related to the duty to respect the dignity of all people within the the regulatory framework of human rights.

But I think the conservatives would not accept that additon because human rights are not specififcally Christian doctrine. The question that I raise therefore here is: A church that becomes connivant with human rights violations can be part of the Communion?

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