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Wednesday 23 September
 Good news of grace 

 

 

Read 1 Corinthians 15:1–11

… if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you – unless you have come to believe in vain. (verse 2b)

 

When political refugees started to flow into Argentina in the early seventies, not everybody embraced them in solidarity. People from Chile, Uruguay and Brazil came to the country running from the horrors of persecution, imprisonment and torture. Were all Christian churches ready to receive them? Not all members agreed to, nor did local and national governments and civic groups. How could the faithful ‘hold firmly to the message’ (verse 2) and to the certainty that they were called to serve those suffering for political reasons?

  

When his parish was bombed by paramilitary action groups that represented those who wanted to do away with political refugees in their city and country, Bishop Pagura (in the city of Mendoza, Argentina) did not leave his pulpit. He stood firm and when political persecution broke out in his own country, his courage inspired him to write a song to uphold faith in a new era to come. He chose a tango, a traditional popular rhythm in Argentina, to affirm hope in resurrection and in God’s lasting love to bring his children to liberation from cold nights, tough hearts and devastated souls.

 

Would a song affirming faith be enough? Bible experts tell us that in today’s reading Paul uses in fact a confession of faith by Christian communities in Corinth. ‘Hold firmly to the message,’ they affirm. Let us proclaim that Jesus’ grace towards all of us, that we express in deeds, statements and songs, has not been in vain.

 

† Jesus, talk to me this morning with music and songs. Help me to fill my spirit with psalms and melodies. Amen