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Statement of Archbishop of Canterbury

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much is being said in various blog sites about this article, and for the sake of clarity and accuracy, I am posting it…

I also happen to agree with what he is saying!

Sarah Joseph, Times On Line

At one end of the spectrum you have Christian Zionism which is very interested in the Holy Land in ways which I find very strange, and not at all easy to accept.  At the other end of the spectrum you have Christians for whom the Holy Land is some distant theme park.”  He does however feel that a “growing number of Christians have become aware of the reality of the situation on the ground” and journeys there have helped “expose their minds and hearts to the realities.”  He wants to see those numbers growing.

Christian Zionists support the return of Jews to Israel because they believe the second coming of Jesus will not occur until all Jews are in Israel.  The Archbishop is scathing, accusing them of being connected to “the chosen nation myth of America, meaning that what happens to America is very much as the heart of God’s purpose for humanity.”

In today’s world it is easy to see why people would believe such an idea:  America seems so intrinsically involved in everything.  The Archbishop recognizes that “We have only one global hegemonic power at the moment.”  But, he propounds, “it is not  accumulating territory, it is trying to accumulate influence and control.  That’s not working.  “Far from seeing this positively he describes it as “the worst of all worlds,” saying, “It is one thing to take over a territory and then pour energy and resources into administering and normalizing it.  Rightly or wrongly, that’s what the British Empire did–in India for example.  It is another thing to go in on the assumption that a quick burst of violent action will somehow clear the decks and that you can move on and other people will put things  back together–Iraq,  for example” 

 

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On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

John O'Donohue, Echoes of Memory

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