Lectionary Selection: Mark 6:14-29
Prayers for Mexico:
Dear God; Spirit of Love, Compassion and Justice:
Your servant John the Baptist was killed for speaking truth to those in power. The guests at Herod’s birthday party were complicit in his killing because of their silence. Perhaps they didn’t want to disturb the festive mood of the banquet or risk being viewed as siding with the less powerful.
Your migrant son Jesus had been baptized by John and suffered the same fate for challenging the powerful. No one spoke out for your son, the disciples deserted him, and Peter denied him.
Give us the courage to express your spirit of love and compassion by choosing to be on the side of the less powerful and speaking out against injustice. Let us remember our migrant sisters and brothers that are fleeing from poverty and violence. May we work for policies that welcome them into our country instead of subjecting them to death in the desert or imprisonment for the crime of seeking to provide for their families.
Let us use the gifts of discernment and wisdom to look clearly at any situation and act as best we can to honor your spirit of love and justice.
For many years, the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN) has continuously worked with many rural, indigenous communities in the central Chiapas region to support food sovereignty and holistic health. They do this in response to the scarcity of resources to meet basic alimentation needs in rural, indigenous communities. They encourage the development of organic vegetable gardens for home consumption as well as the cultivation of medicinal plants to contribute to the overall health of the rural indigenous family.Read more
Prayers for Mexico:
Loving Creator, on this day we come before you with joyful praise for we acknowledge you as the Source of our being. From you comes everything we need. Your loving care is reflected from shining seas to landscapes in a thousand places.
We are humbled and gratified that you call us into your loving presence. We are your flock; people who are grateful for what you provide us and for your voice. You speak to us, yet we do not always listen. You show us the path to take, yet we do not always follow.
Help us, Good Shepherd, to love one another and to celebrate our differences in race, nationality, gender. Help us to love one another that we may be one in our shared love for you. We pray this in the name of the one who taught us to love and to pray, Amen
I saw heavy machinery up ahead as I parked on the ridge road a few miles north of the border with Mexico. When I got out of the car, I could see a tower in the east and another one in the north. None of that had been there the last time I was on that ridge just three months ago and I was curious to get a closer look when I returned from the hike.Read more
As participants in the Language and Cultural Immersion program of the Mesa Conjunta in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, my husband and I have gone to a boda (wedding) in a rural village, attended lively services with three different congregations and taken part in conversations and meals with many Disciple clergy and laity. All of this activity is arranged around 20 hours of language class with excellent teachers at the Centro de Idiomas that is right in the middle of this lovely colonial city with its countless plazas and parks.Read more
Religion, culture, and politics are intertwined in Mexico in ways that are very complicated and difficult to separate. What is clearer, however, is that choosing to be a Protestant in Mexico can have different implications than what is experienced in the United States.Read more
This last September the world was shocked by the sudden and massive disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School near Tuxtla, Guerrero in Mexico.Read more
Is it mere coincidence that during this Advent season both the United States and Mexico continue a national soul searching brought on by unjust police actions in Ferguson, Missouri and Iguala/Ayotzinapa, Guerrero State? That racism in the U.S. and impunity and corruption in Mexico have troubled the national conscience and brought about horrific acts of heart rending brutality for decades is no secret.Read more