3 Rs – Rights

Human rights in the news:

  • Yesterday’s musing on the rights of children/students, parents and teachers in education.
  • Black Lives Matters demonstrations leading to the current unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin;
  • Refugees, homeless and asylum seekers –  across the world and more parochial challenges;
  • Work, redundancies, unemployment, businesses closing and recession

Jesus on human rights:

  1. The poor, sick, prisoners, drunks, prostitutes, rejected, ignored and disadvantaged are all cared for by God and have rights – for respect, identity, care, dignity, provision for their needs…
  2. The rich and well thought of don’t have the rights they thought they had. Jesus told stories. A religious man thought he had the right to have his prayers heard; they weren’t. A hard working, rich man thought he had the right to relaxation and enjoyment; he didn’t.
  3. To be a follower of Jesus you must give up your rights, be meek and humble, give away your possessions, turn the other cheek and give your life in service. Jesus modelled this in his homelessness, poverty, suffering, humiliation, silence at his trial, and carrying his cross to his execution.  

Mother Teresa:

Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign…

These are the few ways we can practice humility: To speak as little as possible of one’s self. To mind one’s own business. Not to want to manage other people’s affairs. To avoid curiosity. To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully. To pass over the mistakes of others. To accept insults and injuries. To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked. To be kind and gentle even under provocation. Never to stand on one’s dignity. To choose always the hardest.

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