La opción por los pobres

posted by Kaihsu Tai on June 11th, 2007

In his visit to San Diego in 2002, Samuel Ruiz García, Bishop Emeritus of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, taught me to say the Κύριε with the understanding of the Trinity in mind, and brought to my attention the idea of “the preferential option for the poor”.

Recently, this term is again in the news. Derek Wall, a Principal Speaker of the Green Party of England and Wales, and a practicing Zen Buddhist, recently said that the Pope must show solidarity with the poor, with reference to the Vatican’s notification on the works of El Salvadorian theologian Jon Sobrino.

Yesterday, our minister Susan Durber preached at Saint Columba’s saying:

Whatever you say about Jesus – it’s clear that he believed that God blesses the poor, that the rich have some hard thinking to do, and that those who are poor have plenty to teach the rest of the world about what it means to know God. There’s a theologian from Latin America called Jon Sobrino who says, ‘When the church has taken the poor seriously it has then become truly apostolic.’ If the faith the apostles’ shared was founded on Jesus’ teaching then it would have to be a faith that took the poor seriously. It’s often said in the church in Latin America – that ‘the poor evangelise us’ – and of course it makes me wonder why the ‘us’ of the church are not themselves ‘the poor’ but I think I know what they mean. The Jesus we know from the New Testament was one who said over and over again, in so many different ways, that the poor often know the truth about the real fundamentals of life and the rich are so often deceived. This is a real challenge to us of course who, mostly if not all, by definition, live the life of the rich.

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  1. On June 11, 2007 at 16:12 Mike (Worcester) said:

    Kaihsu: Have you read the Vatican’s “Notification”? I wonder what your take on it is. Very little taking issue with Sobrino’s opinion of the poor, mostly about the Incarnation, Resurrection, and the like. I know just about no theology, so I feel I’m wading out a bit far commenting on this.