Liturgie - 9 April 2012

en - An Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross

Each year preceding Easter, Christian communities around the world gather in public places to recreate the story of Jesus’ passion. In dramatic public liturgies, we remember who we are as people of faith and why we believe that even the greatest of evils will not have the last word.
Often, in the retelling, this central story is cast in a contemporary context and serves as a powerful critique of social sins in our own times.........

Often, in the retelling, this central story is cast in a contemporary context and serves as a powerful critique of social sins in our own times -sins that mirror the powers and principalities responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus in the first century. That is what we, who would be disciples, are called to do - to apply the message of the sacred story in our own lives, times and places. It is what we attempt in this Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross.

We know that powerful political and economic forces, in a macabre mirroring of Jesus’ journey to the cross, are dealing death in our world by war and by working to the benefit of a privileged few while millions of people live and die in debt and in dire poverty. We touch, we feel, we live the pain of these many excluded ones and we see the brokenness of the earth.

Because we are a global church, we are compelled to be in solidarity, to respond. We are eyewitness to the destruction of our earth. We have stood by in the exploitation and waste of natural resources. Because our planet and all creation are gifts from God, we must care for them and see the beauty of God through them.
We know that the institutional roots of this suffering and devastation are painfully close to home- in government, in transnational corporations, in international financial institutions, in the set of transnational agreements that give shape to economic activity around the world and even in our own religious institutions.
To some of these institutions -often staffed by dedicated and well-intentioned individuals - we come in prayer to name our common guilt, to ask in public for pardon, to call for repentance and transformation.

However, also present in our community are signs of hope -those organizations and institutions that nurture solidarity and action for justice. To some of them we come as well -to pray for courage and strength on the journey toward a better world.

for the whole Way of the Cross click on doc. to the right

Source: Columban Centre for Advocacy and Outreach.