Wednesday, December 01, 2004

World AIDS Day



We acknowledge and give thanks for the hope now breaking forth for those living with HIV/AIDS through new treatments, but we must confess that economic injustice and racism will make this hope stillborn for many in our own nation, and for the most in the developing world.

The body of Christ has AIDS. Lord have mercy.

We have sought to be a source of loving support for those we encounter who suffer from AIDS, but we must confess that we have also seen our sisters and brothers naked and hungry and oppressed due to their HIV antibody status, their colour and their economic status in our own society and around the world. And we have too often failed to see Christ in them and have not clothed, fed, or liberated them out of love for the one who saves us.

The body of Christ has AIDS. Lord have mercy.

We have known for years precisely what must be said and done to help change from behaviors that spread HIV infection, but in our timidity and fear we have too often failed to tell these truths in love which can spare sons and daughters from the scourge of AIDS.

The body of Christ has AIDS. Lord have mercy.


Prayer from ECUSA.

2 comments:

Rhys said...

Happy Christmas to you and Jackie.

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