Are we connected?
If you are reading this article right now is because you have a technological tool that lets you do it: your phone, tablet, laptop … You can also make use of social networks and with these you can communicate with others. We live in a historic moment in which it is repeated that technologies take us, allow us to “communicate”; But does it really happen that we communicate? Communicating contains the idea of dialogue, exchange of information, so we call them “networks” and networks serve to unify.
When we hear a lot of terrorist attacks, most of them have a reason for “religious differences” from where irrational responses come to violence, which is the only way to “express” an opposition to a different idea .
Surely in your neighborhood there must be people of different religious professions, and how many times has a meeting been organized to get to know each other better? To know their thinking, their way of expressing their faith, and how often we only stopped in “prejudices”. There is simply no connection.
Dialogue begins with an invitation, and this is the initiative that could be the principle of the changes. Jesus used the word to “connect” with people who did not necessarily think of him as the law practitioners, political authorities, people of other cultures and ways of living. So in the Gospel we find people who ask questions to Jesus and He can give them answers with kindness, wisdom, patience and listening.
Interreligious dialogue does not mean a way of weakening faith, but it tells us to “find ourselves”. The Gospel is not a vertical and intolerant manifesto, but it is a good news that shares love, brotherhood and respect for life.
For those who fear and are shocked when they see the shepherds of different churches share the same space they share in rituals with respect, it is clear that it is up to them to understand that the Church has the strongest foundation on all pillars: love. But if there is a love that does not want to talk, communicate, do not interact this is just selfishness and narcissism. We must sow peace in dialogue.
We invite you to pray with us to have more dialogue between our shepherds and that this produces the most necessary fruit these days: Peace.
We pray for respect for host countries, for the safety and safeguard of places, people, and faith.
53th Marathon of Prayer
Are we connected?
For the Interreligious Dialogue
28/29/30 June 2017