Inspired by Sharon’s reflection last week of seeing the gospel from different points of view, I find myself jumping in – as a participant – in each of this week’s readings. I’m ready to be a part of the action! But, I am quickly humbled. When God tells Abram to “go forth,” I feel like I am being asked to leave my own home. In the second reading from Paul to Timothy, I feel like I am being told to “bear my share of hardship.” And, in the gospel, I quake thinking about Jesus being transfigured right in front of me on a high mountain. Why is my first reaction, “I can’t do this. It’s too much?” Each of these experiences seems like so much to ask of anyone. Each seems so overwhelming.
Sisters Donna Kelly, Cathy Molloy, Peggy Doyle, and Maco Cassetta attended a rally of 600 Cameroonians living in the United States.
In their concern for the violation of human rights in the Anglophone region (North and Southwest regions), the participants highlighted the shutdown of the Internet in these two regions since mid-January, wide-spread arrests including a Supreme Court judge, two leaders of the coalition who represent the Anglophone community, and school children.
Those gathered at the rally are pursuing avenues for non-violent ways to stop the violence through international organizations, such as:
• the United Nations,
• Human Rights Watch,
• and Amnesty International.
United in prayers,
The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by women desiring to be united for peace and justice. Friday, March 3, is the date, but many places choose another day/date in March. This year the overall theme is Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action. Resource materials have been prepared this year by the women of the Philippines.