Monday, 29 March 2010

The deep links between the liturgy and our advocacy and engagement

As Holy Week begins so Seven Weeks for Water offers a final Lenten meditation. This week Canon John Gibaut who is director of the Faith and Order Commission brings things together by focusing on the Easter Vigil and looking at how reflecting about water liturgically can also nourish our engagement and advocacy about water as a human right.
Holy Week is the week that remembers on Maundy Thursday Christ washing his disciples feet; Lent is the time that traditionally prepared people for baptism. To be a disicple, to be a Christian is be a person of faith willing to follow, willing to step forwards. As we understand the spiritual meanings of water more we can also find deep and real resources to nourish and "water" our commitment to working for water justice at global and local levels.
Here's an extract from John's meditation from this week:

What the Christian community says and does around water in prayer—the water of Baptism, the Baptism of the Lord, the Blessing of the Waters at the Theophany, the example of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, and all liturgical uses of water in public prayer—has profound implications for Christian understanding and awareness of water today. That we use water in prayer—and how we use it, and how much of it we use—has consequences. The Christian community’s liturgical use of water has the potential to be a rich source of theological reflection about what water is, and about the care with which it is used. The degree to which Christians experience the holiness of water in prayer will also contribute to the churches’ engagement with other faith communities, governments, environmentalists, and with all who thirst for a just and ethical use of water today.