A Community Of Nobodies Of The Modern World

864 WordsJul 7, 20164 Pages
It is dangerous that “we lose our bearings as we struggle at and with margins and marginalized people,” and they are often forgotten in our lives (EG #54). They are addicts, victims of the –ism, the “throwaways of the modern world (refugees, migrants, and survivors of war),” handicapped, and challenged disabilities. They form “a community of nobodies” and Jesus is among them. As authentic disciples, we should question ourselves that where their places are in our ministry. What are locking our sight and our mind to see and reach them? Being with, converting to, working from, and serving at the margins are what Jesus did to enter deeper into human world. From divine to human, from human to stranger, and from stranger to obedient death, and from suffering to glory, Jesus became incarnate among us as both humanly divine and divinely human. He shows us the possibility of conversion from ethnocentrism, a transformation from monocultural orientations to intercultural orientation. In other words, such conversion is “the facility to move from one’s own worldview to that of another.” Certainly, we must agree that to be marginal persons in ministry, we need the “qualities such as faithfulness, trust, respect, listening, openness, and acceptance.” Although “ethnocentrism is like a shadow,” it does not become a stumbling block if we carefully enter the world of others. Then, we trust in the work of the Holy Spirit for our conversion towards intercuturality. We may know that the
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