It was against this ‘imperial empire theology’ that Christ taught his many parables. His theology was one of non-violence. It would be the opposite of the killing of the young male infants and toddlers that my colleagues were going to honor in their annual recognition of the Feast of the Holy Innocents. The Responsorial Psalm ends with this phrase –“…and our enemies mock us.” During our dinner sharing two nights ago, a major point made was the recognition of how difficult it is to live out Christ’s message of non-violence in 2012. One has to be prepared to be mocked if one raises questions and suggests actions to best live out Christ’s theology versus an ‘imperial empire theology.’
I am reflecting on how well and how poorly I live out the above. Each of you reads this from a different perspective, dependent on the cultural context in which you live and how much one or the other of the above two theologies has permeated your life context culturally and you, as an unique person. I wish you the same kind of reflection that I am doing to best critique myself, i.e., how do I contribute to an ‘imperial empire theology’ and/or how do I live out the theology of non-violence, love, hope, justice and peace? Two thousand years after Christ’s life, we should be better practitioners of Christ’s theology. We know Reading 1 is as applicable in 2012 as it was in David’s time. We know parts of the Responsorial Psalm are as relevant today as when it was written. I know that I can choose behaviors to practice a non-violent theology and I know I need to be prepared to be mocked.
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