Protest plays a deeply important role in our democracy; it is both our right and our duty as citizens when faced with an injustice that the institutional democratic process, such as voting or contacting your representatives, has failed. There have been so many cases when protest has been key to bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice. At times, the cost of protest can be great – the institutions of the State, even in democracies, have all too often responded with intimidation and brute force. It is therefore necessary to promote and defend the right to protest, and always to resist the complacence and convenience the tempts to us to believe there is no need for protest, simply because it makes us uncomfortable. The Irish Council of Civil Liberties is running a series of projects on the right to protest and wants to hear from you!
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Our prayer this morning is from Psalm 130:
𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐲 𝐟𝐞𝐰 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐬, 𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐮𝐩 𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝:
A gentle reminder for us all.
Today, we are invited to reflect on an extraordinary event in the life of Jesus, the moment he was transfigured in the presence of his disciples, Peter, James and John. The significance of this event is shown by the fact that it is described in detail in three of the gospels. According to the popular biblical scholar, Tom Wright, the transfiguration ‘shows that Jesus is the place where God’s world and ours meet… It forms part of a new set of signposts, Jesus-shaped signposts, indicating what is to come: a whole new creation, starting with Jesus himself as the seed that is sown in the earth and then rises to become the beginning of that new world’ (from his book, Simply Jesus, p. 144).