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Week 1

The Biblical reflection for the first of the Seven Weeks for Water 2014 is by George Zachariah, associate professor at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India. Drawing on insights from the book of Revelation, he rejects the imperialistic market forces that tend to commodify common resources, including water, and affirms water as a free gift for all.

The Biblical reflection for the first of the Seven Weeks for Water 2014 is by George Zachariah, associate professor at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India. Drawing on insights from the book of Revelation, he rejects the imperialistic market forces that tend to commodify common resources, including water, and affirms water as a free gift for all.

Pilgrimage towards Water Justice: Foretaste of a Redeemed Earth

The book of Revelation is a subversive literature emerging from a colonized community, articulating their resistance and alternate visions. The book juxtaposes two journeys: the imperial voyage of conquest and destruction, and the pilgrimage of the earth community to bring about healing and restoration to create a redeemed earth. Envisioned by the vision of the new heaven and new earth, Revelation further challenges the believers to come out of the Empire and to celebrate the experience of the redeemed earth in the here and now, trusting the promise of God who is making all things new. Revelation invites us to participate in God’s system-threatening mission that transforms Babylon into Jerusalem. Participating in God’s mission is hence a pilgrimage of resistance and re-construction.

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Thoughts for Reflection

  1. What is Christian public witnessing in the context of the sway of neo-liberal market forces? What are the implications of the Divine call to “come out” of the imperial order in your context?
  2. Do you consider commodification of water a sin?
  3. How can you join the pilgrimage of the earth community to bring about healing and restoration to create a redeemed earth?

Questions for Discussion

  1. Identify specific cases of privatization of water bodies in your country/region. How are they affecting the local communities?
  2. Identify local expressions of pilgrimages towards water justice initiated by faith based and secular organizations in your context. How can your church participate in such initiatives?

Points for Action

  1. Pilgrimage towards water justice involves resistance and re-construction. Identify a project where water is commodified and plundered in your country/region for corporate greed. Initiate a Lenten campaign to resist that project.
  2. Initiate a Lenten campaign to reclaim/recharge a well/lake/pond in your region so that water will become a free gift to all in your community.

 

Please note: Opinions expressed in Biblical reflections or background resources do not necessarily reflect EWN and WCC policy.