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The World Needs Soup

Poverty: Bane or Blessing of Ecumenical Relations
Maryhill Mission Lectures, 25 May 2009

"...When Jacob had cooked soup, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, 'Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.' Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, 'First sell me your birthright.' Esau said, 'Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?' And Jacob said, 'First swear to me"; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil soup; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright." (Genesis 25: 29-34)

The World Needs Soup

The world needs soup. Unfortunately, millions of people cannot even have or afford a decent cup of hot soup. Many in this country are so poor they gargle water for breakfast, take hot water for lunch, and force themselves to sleep at night in place of suppe…

In Memoriam

"One of the most compassionate human beings I have had the privilege to know passed away today. He just turned 74 last January 11. Fr. Carl was more than a mentor to us, his students. He was a very dear friend. I believe in Immanuel because of people like him." I wrote these words last January 31, 2008, the day Fr. Carlos Abesamis, SJ, died. Almost a year has passed since then.

On Sunday, February 1, 2009, to celebrate his life and ministry on the occasion of his death anniversary, Willie and Marilen Abesamis, his younger siblings, will host a thanksgiving fellowship to launch the book "Fr. Abe--A Scrapbook." It will be held at the Good Shepherd Convent near Ateneo, 4 p.m.

WHEN DOES THE HEALING START?

(A Responsive Meditation Based on Mark 1. 40-45)
Leader: Millions of people today experience the plight of the leper in the Markan passage every single day. The healthy stay away from them. The healthy have stopped talking with them. The healthy have stopped interacting with them. The healthy stand from afar and watch them die.
People: What is the difference between illness and disease? Disease is physical. Illness is social. We, the un-sick, create and name the illnesses that keep us safely distanced from the sick. We, the un-sick, create the borders that keep the sick away from us. We, the un-sick, have access to the funds and the medicines that can help the sick live longer lives. We, the un-sick, decide who is ill and who is not.
All: Many times, we, the un-sick, create the rules, the fences, the sanctions, the systems that make the sick sicker, the weak weaker, and the dying dead.

Leader: In the Markan passage, we find the story of a leper. A person very much like a person with HIV…