Lidelsen er lik den Kristus selv opplevde

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I sin velkomsttale til Pave Benedikt XVI i anledning messefeiring ved Getsemane-hagen torsdag 12. mai, sammenlignet Den latinske patriark av Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, palestineres og israeleres lidelse med den Kristus selv opplevde i Getsemane, og refererte til "den urettferdige okkupasjon" som påvirker palestineres liv.

"Just a few yards from here, Jesus said to his most favored disciples "Remain here, and watch with me" (Mt. 26:39). But these same disciples closed their eyes, not losing sleep over Jesus' agony, only a short distance away in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Holy Father, today, in many ways, the situation has not changed: around us, we have the agony of the Palestinian people, who dream of living in a free and independent Palestinian State, but have not found its realization; and the agony of the Israeli people, who dream of a normal life in peace and security and, despite all their military and mass media might, have not found its realization.

Twal fortsatte:

"And the international community, just like Jesus' beloved disciples, stands apart, eyes drooping with indifference, unconcerned with the agony of the Holy Land, which has gone on for 61 years, and does not seriously rouse itself, to find a just solution. In this Valley of Jehosephat, a valley of tears, we raise our prayer for the realization of the dreams of these two peoples. We raise our prayer for Jerusalem, to be shared by the two peoples and three religions.

"On this very Mount of Olives, Jesus wept in vain over Jerusalem, and continues to do so, with the disillusioned refugees, without any hope of return, with the widows of the victims of violence and the many families in this city, who every day see their homes demolished because, it is said, "they were built illegally," when the whole situation is illegal and still looking for a solution ..."

"Holy Father, you stand before a small flock that is shrinking, that suffers from emigration, largely due to the effects of the unjust occupation and all its humiliation, violence and hatred. Yet we know that the faith is the victory that overcomes the world, (1 Jn 5:4) and that through it, we are able to see and recognize Jesus Christ in every person. With Jesus and in Jesus, we can enjoy here and now the peace that the world can neither give nor take out of our hearts".

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Video fra messen (H2O-News)

Patriark Fouad i Getsemane (Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem)

Pavens preken under messen (Vatikanets nettside)

CWN - Catholic World News (13. mai 2009)

av Webmaster publisert 02.04.2010, sist endret 19.01.2011 - 16:04