Rev. Dr. Raheb Featured in Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations
We are thrilled to see our co-founder featured in Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations, a daily online devotional. The theme for this year’s Daily Meditations is “action and contemplation:” a fitting theme for Bright Stars of Bethlehem- Hope is what we do!
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The following is an excerpt from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations–
Ways of Knowing
A Fascinating Discovery
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Those of us who live in the West and experience the privilege of being white tend to gloss over the important factthat Jesus lived in an occupied territory. He was not part of the dominant culture. Rather, his familialand cultural land was occupied by a powerful adversary.This is essential to understanding his teachings and the Gospel. Text without context is dangerous!Imagine how different Christianity would look today if we had acknowledged this truth. Mitri Raheb is a Palestinian Christian, author, and Lutheran pastor who lives and works in Bethlehem. This context offers him a unique way of knowing and interpreting the Gospel, one that we in the West can certainly learn from.
Rohr then goes on to quote Raheb, from Faith in the Face of Empire
“As a Palestinian Christian, Palestine is the land of both my physical and my spiritual forefathers and foremothers. The biblical story is thus part and parcel of my nation’s history, a history of continuous occupation by succeeding empires. In fact, the biblical story can best be understood as a response to the geo-political history of the region. . .”