Telling Mark's Story of the Passion (Theology Studies)
Currents in Theology and Mission 2005, Dec, 32, 6
Currents in Theology and Mission
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The story of the passion is a very dangerous story. It is the culminating point of a gospel meant to free us, but often it has been used to keep the crucified peoples of our world, (1) particularly women, on their crosses. Many people have internalized a spirituality in which they identify their suffering with that of the crucified Jesus. This has given them the strength to survive immense suffering, but at the same it has fed attitudes of acceptance of abuse and oppression as normal rather than empower them to confront abuse and to mobilize energies for transformative action toward their well-being. Many women are taught from their youth that their whole purpose in life is to serve and to sacrifice for others, most especially their husbands and their children. They believe that whatever suffering they endure is God's will and is merited for their sins. In this essay I aim to expose such interpretations as inconsistent with the gospel and offer interpretive moves for preachers, teachers, and catechists to tell the story of the passion in ways that liberate and that help believing communities conform their lives authentically to the crucified and risen Christ.
- 2,99 €
- Category: Politics & Current Affairs
- Published: 01 December 2005
- Publisher: Lutheran School of Theology and Mission
- Print Length: 19 Pages
- Language: English