Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor
Hearing Justice in John's Gospel
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Despite the explicit proclamation in John's Gospel of the 'Word made flesh' it is hard to preach such an esoteric Gospel in a way which offers something concrete, relevant and timely for congregations.
Focused around the lectionary readings from the Gospel, "The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor" suggests that far from being a Gospel which sits at a safe remove from every day life, it can in fact be preached as an urgent call to hear the voices of the oppressed in our world.
Encouraging preachers to engage in the ancient practice of lectio divina, the book offers an accessible resource to help address the divorce between what is heard from pulpit, and the urgent social and ecological justice concern of our times.
Does John's Gospel have anything to say about economic and ecological justice? Kathleen Rushton argues that it does in her new commentary, which uses the ancient practice of 'lectio divina' to reflect on the 4th gospel.
"This book is a taonga (treasure) which should grace every preacher's shelves. Its profound insights into the depths of John's Gospel flow from careful scholarship, concern for justice and care of creation and a deep, ecumenical love for God's church. Kathleen's love of Scripture, the earth, people and the church is lived every day in the city we live in. It is a joy to see this love shared with the world God loves through this taonga of the written word. -- Bishop Peter Carrell, Anglican Diocese of Christchurch, NZ
"I highly recommend this book. It is traditional as it builds on the solid studies of Brown, Moloney, and others. It traditionally follows the lectio divina style which flows into contemplation and action. It innovatively treats two overlooked themes: care of the earth and of the marginalized. This book will grab your conscience, warm your heart, and impel you into the world to complete God's works." -- Robert J. Karris, St. Bonaventure University, USA