Sunday, January 02, 2005

Epiphany

Today feast is celebrated as an early manifestation of God's embrace of all peoples. he universality of Christian faith has never been as evident as it is today. Without any negative thoughts about other religious traditions, we Christians need to re-affirm regularly the utter irrelevance of race, caste, class and other divisions among people. Of course, we also need to inculturate the faith into the wide variety of cultures and to always highlight the richness of so many different languages, cultures, lands and histories. Almost no other movement has made this such an integral part of its message and inner life. Even today when, as we always say, the world has become so small, the need to affirm and manifest our universality has never been more urgent. The tragedies from the tsunamis in South Asia at this moment show the common gifts of our human condition: generous yet fearful.