Fr Jihad says the answer to the war in Syria is the Holy Eucharist
October 24, 2016
Yesterday Terry Gorman of Aid to the Church in Need gave two presentations at St Mary's on the persecution of Christians in Syria. Terry quoted Sr Annie Demerjian, working in Syria, as saying:
"Sometimes I feel fed up, I feel sometimes we should give up and just let the people leave. But we have to be a sign of hope. Maybe the clouds will pass and the Son of God will appear. I don’t know how long it will take but in the meantime, you, we, all of us have to be the hands of God. He didn’t die so that we should live like slaves. He died that we should have life and the thing that really matters is to do what we can to give people the dignity that is their gift from God.”
Terry's slide show presentation also included a profound quote from a priest working in Syria called Fr Jihad (his real name). As bread is a symbol of life, a symbol which is all the stronger to the hungry, then there is another layer to the significance of the Holy Eucharist. As sharing life is the opposite of taking life, so the Holy Eucharist is a sign which contradicts the demonic lust of killing which excites ISIS:
"When I see the dangers, I ask myself what am I doing here? I realise now that the answer to this war is the Eucharist. The Eucharist - we break our bread and we share it. Warmongers don’t want to share what they have. The Eucharist is thanksgiving, thanksgiving to God for giving me the chance to share. If I share, I am sharing in the work of God."