The unexpected part of the pandemic’s impact has been that in the great societal stillness created by social distancing, the voices of those who have been long harmed by injustice, discrimination, and marginalization, are being heard.
The stories and examples of the true impact of persecution, disparity and inequalities these groups have suffered are being told and listened to.
I’m listening. And I hope you are listening too.
This Sunday is the Sunday our Canadian Church has set aside each year to mark the National Indigenous Day of Prayer. The Office of the National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop has invites all of us to join an online video worship service to celebrate National Indigenous Day of Prayer this afternoon at 2pm here on the national church website.
For me, listening to the stories of the indigenous people and learning about our nation’s and our church’s role in their treatment, has me longing for reconciliation.
It has made me open my eyes to the way that our societies and cultures have worked to systematically disadvantage and devalue human beings for the benefit of those in power.
I’ve opened my heart for change.
Jesus and his jewish community were are group who suffered that systematic oppression. Jesus came to end that and reorient all the people of the world into a new relationship with God and each other founded in love and compassion. We have an excellent example to follow.
Here is the video with prayers and a message for this Sunday:
The main text of my message is based on these verses from the Gospel assigned for this Sunday:
“If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.” 1 (Matthew 10:25b-27)
The full set of readings for this Sunday can be found here.
Be Well and God Bless.
The Rev’d Canon Rob Park
- Scripture quotation is from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.