MONDAY THE THIRTIETH OF JANUARY, 2017
O God of all goodness,
you welcome us, forgive us and heal us.
You seek us out from places where we have hidden from you.
You crown us with steadfast love and mercy.
Reveal yourself to us in this moment.
Let us know your presence so that we may bless you.
Bless you, O God!
Bless your holy name! Amen.
( Catherine Rolling )
PSALM THIRTY-FOUR ( abridged )
O taste and see that the Lord is gracious.
I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
My soul shall glory in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
This poor soul cried, and the Lord heard me
and saved me from all my troubles.
O taste and see that the Lord is gracious;
blessed is the one who trusts in him.
Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
Lions may lack and suffer hunger,
but those who seek the Lord
lack nothing that is good.
The righteous cry and the Lord hears them
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and will save those who are crushed in spirit.
The Lord ransoms the life of his servants
and will condemn none who seek refuge in him.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
O taste and see that the Lord is gracious.
Send your holy angels
to watch over us, O God,
that on our lips will be found your truth
and in our hearts your love;
so we may ever taste your goodness
in the land of the living;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Assassination of Mohandas Gandhi: shaking the world, gently”
Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated on the thirtieth of January, 1948. Accompanied by his grandnieces, Gandhi was on his way to address a prayer meeting, when his assassin fired three bullets from a Beretta nine millimetre pistol into his chest at point-blank range. His assassin was a Hindu nationalist who felt Gandhi was overly favourable to Pakistan, and who felt Gandhi’s doctrine of nonviolence would lead to the ruin of India.
Gandhi famously led Indians in challenging the British-imposed rule, calling for the British to quit India in 1942. He was imprisoned for many years, upon many occasions. Gandhi attempted to practice nonviolence and truth in all situations, and advocated that others do the same.
Gandhi's vision of a free India based on religious pluralism, however, was challenged in the early 1940s by a new Muslim nationalism which was demanding a separate Muslim homeland carved out of India. When Great Britain finally quit India in 1947, they left behind two nations: the predominantly Hindu India, and the predominantly Muslim Pakistan. In the void left by Great Britain’s departure, sectarian violence broke out in many places. Gandhi visited the affected areas, attempting to provide solace. In the months following, he undertook several fasts unto death to promote religious harmony. Gandhi had the base to employ noncooperation, nonviolence and peaceful resistance as his "weapons" in the struggle against Great Britain. His wide popularity among both Hindus and Muslims made his leadership possible. But that unity failed to hold when he insisted that the Pakistani Muslims be treated fairly. And this led to his death.
Gandhi's death was mourned nationwide. Over two million people joined the five-mile long funeral procession. All Indian-owned establishments in London remained closed in mourning as thousands of people from all faiths and denominations and Indians from all over Britain converged at India House in London. Gandhi influenced important leaders and political movements. Leaders of the civil rights movement in the United States, including Martin Luther King, drew from the writings of Gandhi in the development of their own theories about nonviolence.
King said "Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics.”
Anti-apartheid activist and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was inspired by Gandhi.
Quotes. There are many, here are two.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
Scripture: In the "Sermon on the Mount," in "Matthew," chapter five, Jesus says:
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous."
... for peace in the world.
... for the people of India and Pakistan.
... for peace between the faiths of the world and an understanding of the beliefs other than our own.
... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
From "Duty of Disloyalty" by Mohandas K. Gandhi:
The remedy therefore naturally is not being enraged against the administrators and therefore hurting them but to noncooperate with the system by withdrawing all the voluntary assistance possible and refusing all its so called benefits. A little rejection will show that civil disobedience is a necessary part of noncooperation. You assist an administration most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil administration never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good man will therefore resist an evil system or administration with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duly. Violent disobedience deals with men wha can be replaced. It leaves the evil itself untouched and often accentuates it. Nonviolent (i.e.. civil) disobedience is the only and the most successful remedy and is obligatory upon him who would dissociate himself from evil.
Lord, we know how hard it is for us to cease returning hatred instead of love, and violence instead of peace. Still we pray for the courage and confidence to walk in love and peace, even with our enemy, for the sake of those in the world who have known neither love nor peace; through Jesus Christ, our saviour and lord. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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