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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Are you comfortable and happy with the uniqueness of your person and gifts? Have you discovered and cultivated them? - Daily Reflections February 12,2015



THE BLESSING OF UNITY

I remember reading an article written by Rebecca Walker. Her mother, Alice Walker, was the feminist author of The Color Purple, someone who touched a generation of women’s lives by championing their rights. Here are some of the nuggets of “wisdom” Rebecca remembered her mother imparting to her:
       “My mum taught me that children enslave women.”
       “As a little girl, I wasn’t even allowed to play with dolls or stuffed toys in case they brought out a maternal instinct.”
       Feminism is right in championing women’s dignity, but when it sees femininity and its inherent gifts as liabilities, it contradicts itself. Feminism that sees the feminine uniqueness as a burden is unconsciously subscribing to the very ideology it claims to fight against — that femininity is second rate to masculinity. A feminism that sees the feminine genius as something to be ashamed of has already bought into the error of our modern times — that the world worth living in is that world seen with the masculine perspective.
       There are two things we can learn in today’s First Reading. First, God intended man and woman to be together, with their own gifts and uniqueness, to bless the world. To evaluate the world and our worth from a purely male perspective is to rob the world of the beauty that only the feminine uniqueness and gifts can provide. Second, woman was intended by God to live in partnership with man, thus the imagery of woman being “taken from the rib of man.”
       God intended man and woman to live in unity. But unity does not result from uniformity. Unity is properly the product of harmonious diversity. Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Are you comfortable and happy with the uniqueness of your person and gifts? Have you discovered and cultivated them?

Bless our world with genuine unity, O Lord — one that comes not from elimination of one or the other but from recognizing the gifts of each other. Amen.

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