Sunday, February 19, 2012

Our Common Humanity - Feb 19. 2012

Last Friday I went to see The Merchant of Venice at Trinity. What touched me profoundly was the speech given by Shylock where he refers to our common humanity.
“Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”
So often a world seems to be divided by class, race, religion. So often we accent what sets us apart. We find it so easy to stay in our camps. So as we look at our world we see chaos in Greece, turmoil in Syria, a budding nuclear conflict between Israel and Iran, the occupy movement in our country. Maybe our world would be a lot better if we could celebrate our common humanity. This then could be the springboard to work for justice which is the basis of peace.

Fr. Bob Hawkins

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