by Frances Correia
‘Like all others, like some others, like none other’ – H. Murray & C. Kluckhohn
One of those moments of congruence between faith and society lies in the anti-discrimination clause in Chapter 1 of The South African Constitution, and the passage in Genesis 1. Both underpin the Judeo-Christian teaching of universal human dignity. We live in a complex and diverse society marked in our recent past by legal, societal and religious attitudes which were highly discriminatory.
Now freed from the overt structures of racism and sexism, we seek to discover a new way of relating. In this the Constitution and church teaching on human dignity are our allies, as we attempt to change not only the way we behave and engage with each other, but more fundamentally, how in the quiet of our own heart, we perceive the other.
Lord I ask for the grace to see everyone as You see them, created lovingly in Your image and likeness.
Help me to be freed from the sin of any inherited prejudices of others, so that I may be able to fully embrace my own humanity and the humanity of each person I meet.