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Rector's Reflection for Feb 7, 2014

posted Feb 12, 2014, 5:56 PM by Terry Brady   [ updated Feb 12, 2014, 5:58 PM ]

 John said to him, 'Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.' But Jesus said, 'Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us.  Mark 9:38-40

 

Nesta Robert Marley was born on February 6, 1945 in Nine Mile, Jamaica, and he died in May of 1981. 

Though his life was relatively short, Bob Marley had a powerful impact on world music.  

 

Many were so obsessed with his marijuana use, they overlooked the deep spirit of his words.  Through his music and his work, advocated for equality and justice for all people.  He was an outspoken opponent of exploitationist policies in Africa and Apartheid.  

 

And though it has been 33 years since his death, his lyrics of peace, justice and hope (that just happen to a ride killer bass) are just as poignant as they ever were. 

One of his less popular songs is called War; in it he points out that peace can't last alongside injustice -- a point we still manage to miss.

 

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And another
Inferior
Is finally
And permanently
Discredited
And abandoned -
Everywhere is war -
Me say war.
That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
World citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained -
Now everywhere is war - war.

 

In his admonition to his disciples in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus reminds his disciples to remember that none of us have exclusive rights to proclaim the Gospel.  God's Spirit speaks through all sorts and conditions of people.  

 

Reggae musician and Rastafarian, Bob Marley, will probably never make it onto the Holy Men, Holy Women Episcopal calendar of saints.  Nonetheless, I always take time on his birthday to listen to his music and thank God for the poetry and the vision that flowed from his soul.

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