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Los 'rubios' Jesus y María

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A nivel mundial se ha despertado una saludable conciencia contra el racismo a raíz de un triste acontecimiento: el afroamericano George Floyd perdió la vida bajo la asfixiante rodilla del policía ario Derek Chauvin el pasado 25 de mayo 2020.

Sin embargo, las manifestaciones contra el racismo han tomado un cariz preocupante. Ciertos manifestantes han desahogado su ira por los abusos cometidos por blancos contra negros hasta el punto de arremeter contra personajes históricos del calibre de Cristóbal Colón y Juan Ponce de León. Sus estatuas han sido vandalizadas en Miami.

La exageración antirracista se ha remontado a las sagradas figuras históricas de Jesucristo y la Virgen María. El activista Shaun King aboga por la destrucción de vitrales e imágenes de Jesús, María y los apóstoles por simbolizar, según él, la supremacía de los blancos.

Ignora ese señor que el cristianismo nació en el Medio Oriente, encrucijada de continentes y de razas. Los personajes bíblicos no eran rubios de ojos azules. Sin embargo, los artistas europeos buscaron inculturizar la fe cristiana al representar al Salvador y a su Madre Inmaculada con características raciales propias del medio en que vivían. Eso explica que las grandes obras de arte expuestas en museos como El Vaticano, El Prado y El Louvre, por mencionar unos pocos, representen a Jesús y María como de raza blanca, y además incurran en anacronismos relacionados con la arquitectura y el vestuario.

También ignora Mr. King que en países del Lejano Oriente como Japón, Corea y China hay iglesias donde las sagradas imágenes de Jesús y de María presentan color y rasgos faciales netamente orientales. Lo mismo se diga de las estatuas y pinturas piadosas esculpidas y pintadas en África. Muestran a Jesús y a María como de raza negra. Es una manera de subrayar que el Hijo de Dios se encarnó para salvar a todos los pueblos del mundo.

Hay un famoso actor norteamericano de complexión racial indefinible. Se llama Vin Diesel. Cuando un periodista le preguntó sobre sus orígenes étnicos, el interpelado respondió que era de raza humana.

Así como no es pecado nacer de color negro, tampoco lo es haber nacido blanco, asiático o mestizo. Se acabarán los prejuicios raciales cuando todos los hombres y mujeres del planeta se consideren a sí mismos y a los demás como simplemente humanos.

Fr. Eduardo Barrios, SJ
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Comments from readers

Gustavo - 08/03/2020 06:46 PM
Dear Father, excellent article. The only thing I will add is the anarchy going on in the liberal run cities has nothing to do with racism. It is an attempt by the communists/socialist democratic party to overthrow Western civilization- if you go, to the BLM website, it is all there for everyone to see. They plan to destroy the family (as God intended). And supplant it with one built on gay sex.
Addy Hall - 08/03/2020 02:11 PM
You stated in the written blog: "Racial prejudice will end when all men and women on the planet consider themselves and others as simply human." I must add when men and women see each other as equal and "simply human" God's Creation deserving love and respect! Christ said "Love thy neighbors as yourself" and "Love your enemies". That is the true CHRISTIAN WAYS! We must respect each other's culture and opinions because only to God the judgment!
HECTOR GONZALEZ - 08/03/2020 12:58 PM
Since my childhood I had a great devotion to Our Lady of Monserrat present at the "Ermita Catalana" out of Havana. In Spain, a visit to Monserrat, out of Barcelona and in Madrid at Monserrat Monastery at the center of the city increased my devotion to Our Lady, made of ebony, black wood, or darkened by centuries of fumes from candles, finally totally black painted, even her eyes and the eyes of the Infant Jesus.. This facts have told me that God comes in all colors. Believe or not.
Deacon Vince Eberling - 08/03/2020 12:54 PM
We will not be judged by our words but our actions will condemn us.Time and again we as a Church and as a society do not act to eradicate the root cause of racism. We react by condemning the extremists, as we should and then ignore the true underlying problem which is the basis for our faith ("Love one another as I have loved you"). WE start out in the right direction but then the momentum fades. Time after time when the cycle of poverty and hopelessness leads to social unrest we repeat the cycle. Racism is insane. Our response is insane. Repeating a failed response over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Living as Christ taught us is the only way out of this insanity.
Rodolfo M Bello - 08/03/2020 11:18 AM
The article is well focused and so comprehensive, it is tough to assess Racism in this time around, there are people wrong in good faith, however the majority behave wrongly maliciously. All the kudos for the author of this article/
edward o donovan - 08/03/2020 10:17 AM
Couldn't agree more. However, if we continue to allow these misinformed people to refuse to accept respect for all human beings we will continue to have our sacred icons and statues destroyed and God help us the children of the next generation will have to carry guns to protect themselves and their property.
Valli Leone - 08/03/2020 10:04 AM
Yes, we thank the Lord for this healthy conscience that is being raised up in communities everywhere around the world. We cannot allow extremists on both sides to detract and distract us from the truth that unconscious bias and selective amnesia exists among all races. When the hearts and the lives, however, of our black sisters and brothers are burning from the hatred that persists, we must run to the rescue—just as we would save any of God’s children, especially our own, from being harmed, brutally tormented and murdered in cold blood. Some of Jesus’ last words in prayer to the Father were, “Father, make them one.” Life is a gift. Skin and skin color is a gift from God. I seriously doubt that our Lord cares so much about statues and stained glass as much as he cares about showing us how to love in the true meaning of the word.. Whatever skin color Jesus, Mary and Joseph were, the color of their hearts and souls was the color of water – – pure, cleansing, refreshing and life-giving. Shouldn’t our hearts be the same? Come, Holy Spirit! Purify our hearts with more faith, hope and love than this world has ever known. Be glorified, Lord Jesus Christ—for the honor of our ONE Father in Heaven. Change our hearts, oh God; make them ever true. No more lip service! No more flag waving, if our hearts are not right with you first, oh Lord. We pledge our full allegiance to You, the Author and Giver of Life, Love and Eternity. Thank you for showing us how to make America truly the beautiful place you meant it to be. It’s all about and for you, our King. Alleluia! Amen. ✝️⚓️💜
Patricia York Beebe - 08/03/2020 09:56 AM
If only his words would make it to the extreme ears everywhere! 💖🙏

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