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Tuesday, 15 March 2016 21:17

Embracing connectedness and inclusion

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Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015It is very sad to acknowledge, but as we approach this Easter there is again an overwhelming sense of hate in some sectors, which stands in stark contrast to the pure love shown by Jesus.

The rhetoric of some leaders of society as well as many others, both here and very noticeably in the US at the moment, is seeking to exclude rather than embrace all people as children of God. It has become easier for many to cast people who might be different from them into the realm of the "other", rather than seeking to show that there is no "other" and that all of us are "one". We are connected at the very root of our being. This thinking challenges us as individuals and as a Church.

The casting of Jesus into the realm of the "other" that lead to his crucifixion and death for merely being his authentic self, is a timely reminder for all of us of what can occur when people do not live out of love. Jesus was crucified due to a sense of fear and panic, a sense among those in power that if Jesus prevailed, they would find themselves in the position of outcasts, that they themselves would become the "other". They feared their sense of entitlement and the structures of society would fall if people continued to embrace Jesus’ way.

One cannot help but compare this with the actions of so many people today, who carry this same fear and same insecurity. Fear, for example, that if there was a more liberal approach to our borders that somehow ‘we’ will lose our country. It has become so easy to marginalise people who may be weak and vulnerable and who do not hold a majority voice.

While we enter into the grace that is the Paschal mystery during the journey of this Holy week and beyond, may we all embrace love. And may our love contribute to hate being cast aside as we all play our part in building a more tolerant, embracing and loving planet.

Wishing everyone a happy Easter.

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