He could speak Aramaic

Dev Virahsawmy

Jesus’ mother tongue;

He spoke Latin,

The language of power and authority

Of the Roman Empire;

He spoke Hebrew,

The language of proud ancestry.

And yet, and yet, and yet …

When he discovered the meaning of his life,

He preached in koine Greek,

A lingua franca,

A practical communication tool

To transmit Jesus’ message

And reach thousands.

Did you hear Saul of Tarsus? Did you?

Peter and others were in favour of

CULTURAL PURITY

For all those who wanted to

Hear and live Jesus’ message.

CLOSE ALL CULTURE DOORS AND WINDOWS!

Saul of Tarsus decided to champion

MISCEGENATION.

Or metissage if you prefer.

Did you hear Saul of Tarsus? Did you?

Do you hear him now? Do you?

Hear the message of liberation theology;

Hear the outright denunciation of

NEOLIBERAL CAPITALISM,

Of the financialization of world economy,

Of CASINO-ECONOMY.

Hear the true message of love,

Not the love for the dung of the devil;

Hear the message of

OPEN DOOR CULTURE;

Hear the message of justice and freedom;

Hear the message of sharing.

Saul of Tarsus still talks to us

With the voice of Pope Francis

But we don’t hear.

We prefer our comfort zone,

Our prejudice and ignorance.

Saul of Tarsus tells us

BRAHMA, GOD, BONDIE, ALLAH

Are ONE

But we don’t hear.

We prefer our comfort zone,

Our prejudice and ignorance.

O Lord! What a waste!