Posted on in Saints Are Us by The Rev. David Marshall
Here we are in the midst of the 50 days of celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, and on April 24th the Church sets aside a day to raise awareness of Genocide! We are taught to pray for and remember those who have died or been severely damaged by systematic and intentional destruction of our fellow humans. This includes not only the social consequences; it also takes into account the mental and spiritual damage done to another person or groups of people, such as the displacement of children, or the planned destruction of large groups of people.
This remembrance began as a way of commemoration of the systematic annihilation of the Armenian people during and just after World War I. It is estimated that as many as one-and-a-half million Armenians perished through torture, starvation, forced marches, and heinous massacres.
All through human history, even into today, this evil continues throughout the world. It can start by bullying in the school and go beyond into adult life. If one group of people is different from another, one person different from the rest, it becomes fuel for the evil we call discrimination.
The Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church have a strong link with the Church in Armenia; that link has formed the base from which this day grew in our liturgical calendar. In your prayers remember those who have been victimized in Nazi Germany, Croatia, Afghanistan, Kurdish Iraq, Tibet, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and any other continent of the world. Pray and work for the marginalized, the homeless, the hungry – those who do not have a voice to speak for themselves. We as Christians must live up to the Baptismal Commitment we have made by speaking out and acting out against evil and those who carry it out. All of creation, all of life is sacred; to act otherwise is a sin, thus we become partners in the evil. Let your voice be heard in prayer and in society.
See you next time –
I remain your bro.