Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
"An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Not only in India, but across the world, we hear the cries of the people who are denied human rights. An eighty-year-old Christian priest, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, had been denied of straws and sippers in the jail when an accused of abetting for suicide gets easy bail. A crime is committed on a Dalit every 15 minutes. Every day six Dalit women are raped. The NCRB figures showed anti-Dalit crimes rose by 25 per cent over the decade to 2016. The rights of children, women and other vulnerable communities are blatantly violated.
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It is hardly 15 days ahead of Christmas. Baby Jesus and his parents also were denied basic human rights- a shelter, decent health care and safety of a child. State-sponsored violence was inflicted upon them and many others of his time. And, in turn, Jesus always raised voice for the rights of human beings- outcasts, widows, children and so on.
Let us try to understand what does this year's Christmas mean to us against the backdrop of World Human Rights day.
~ CSI Synod Communications