A Lenten Vigil for the Silenced

Date(s) - March 27, 2021
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

1st Avenue & Commercial Drive

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Our faith tradition calls for us to stand in solidarity with those with whom Jesus identified —  the silenced or sinned against as the poor, the homeless, the shunned, the aged, the sick, the foreigners or refugees or migrants, the outcasts, wrongly imprisoned, et al.

The season of Lent, over 6 intentional weeks, prepares us for Easter. We look inward (and, outward) to ask how our lives reflect what we believe as partakers in the life, death, & resurrection witness of Jesus the Christ…in terms thus  of  what seek to express and do to respect, affirm and advocate justice for otherwise silenced people and all of creation.

All faith traditions call us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, care meaningfully for our elders, visit the sick and those in prison. And we have typically responded to that call with acts charity such as food banks or homeless shelters or donating money to a social service agency.

Charity may be necessary, at times. But we are pressed to go deeper and wider. In the  pursuit of justice we raise confessional/self-critical questions and challenge our institutions that contribute to and cause homelessness, hunger, unemployment……all that leads to  misery, anger and the helplessness of feeling expendable and all that results in being silenced.  Not only during this pandemic, all our levels of government should play an important role in the upkeep of a civil society.  Our skewed system, however, has suffered a distortion which silences, even imprisons too many people and ignores if not imprisons the wisdom of its prophets. We are summoned to justice.

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