Wednesday, April 12, 2006


God Locked Me Up in Deep Darkness

"I'm the man who has seen trouble, trouble coming from the lash of GOD's anger. He took me by the hand and walked me into pitch-black darkness. He sets up blockades with quarried limestone. He's got me cornered. He ground my face into the gravel. He pounded me into the mud."
(from Lamentations)

Today the poor of Latin America and the Amerindians of Guatemala, are rising up, seeking to shake from their necks the yoke of oppression they have suffered since the time of the conquistadors. Many Christians are coming to realize that their faith in Christ obliges them to make a commitment to liberation, and so they organize, moved by their faith, which has committed them, in love, to their brothers and sisters. They struggle with determination to change the prevailing system of death, in the hope that one day there will be land, work, bread, housing, health, and education for all--that all may have life in abundance, as Jesus wished (John 10: 10).

...Many have already given their lives for this cause. Many have suffered torture or exile. All have struggled and are still struggling in the faith that life is stronger than death and in the hope that blood shed as Christ's blood may bring resurrection to a crucified people.

...At this moment in history,the people of Central America are experiencing the agony of Jesus in Gethsemane and on the cross. Jesus seemed to be a failure. Today his people cry out with him from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you deserted me?" But the cries of an oppressed people reach God's ears and heart (Exodus 2: )

- excerpt from "The Ecumenical Program On Central America and the Carribean"

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