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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Feast of the Holy Innocents

Some great references to public liturgy and preaching on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Going to see if I can record the links here for my own benefit.

Peace procession Melbourne
Report on Melbourne event

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Heavenly Father, comfort all the children lost to . Bring them right up to your throne!
"Feast of the - a day that we remember an act of civil disobedience, a refugee family, & a massacre of baby boys"
It seems to me that the only time there is an outcry from America is when takes place in "inappropriate" places.
168 children have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan... but where is the outcry for THESE children?

I wonder if there were people who said, "I'm tired of people politicizing Herod's massacre of the "?

"But he is with a million displaced people On the long road of weariness and want." Malcolm Guite

RT : Remember the lives of your little ones Lord, and break the sword of the oppressor.
Preached from the fire in my gut at the Eucharist this morning
On Day we pray for victims of such violence today & those (like the Holy Family) whom it makes refugees:
Today of all days I recommend you follow as this great new organisation gets running. Please RT.
Is this how we wage 'war on terror'? Drone Strikes Are Causing Child Casualties -- 178 So Far | Alternet
A reminder of what results from the legislation of wicked rulers. "Can wicked rulers be allied…

Rendering to Caesar

The misunderstanding of the significance of Jesus' saying "render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and the things that are God's is rampant.

Jesus could not have been suggesting that there is a realm of religion, separate from the realm of politics.  No distinction existed in his time between the "religious" and the "political". Caesar's claim to rule rested on his divinity. As a good Jew Jesus was expressing the understanding embedded in the law and the teaching of the prophets, that God's call on us to live lives of justice and compassion have priority over conflicting claims by any other authority, Caesar included.

Jesus was not a "spiritual" teacher distant from the politics of his time. He preached and practised a radical political option that was subversive of the economic injustice and oppression of his time. That was why he was crucified, a punishment handed out to those that Rome saw as challenging its claims to empire.

If you give priority to God's claims to seek justice and love mercy, thus rendering to God what is God's, then what is left for Caesar? Not too much I would reckon.