The title is a quote from Sanal Edamaruku regarding the ‘holy water’ seeping from a statue of Jesus in Mumbai. Edamaruku, founder of atheist group Rationalist International, recently found that the clogged drain from the bathroom was the source of the holy water–and thus the throngs of people wishing for a gulp of said water for healing purposes. Says Edamaruku:
The priest and the very active Catholic laity organizations associated with the Our Lady of Velankanni Church in Mumbai were promoting the idea that water dripping from the feet of a statue of Jesus was a sign from God. Hundreds of believers flocked to the dripping cross, collecting and consuming “holy” drainage water that they believed would cure all ailments.
Edamaruku is now facing charges from a section of the Indian Penal Code regarding “hurt religious feelings.”
Nothing in the preceding is made up.
Now, it makes sense from a human standpoint why the Our Lady of Velankanni Church dudes don’t want their parade of parishioners to stop–and since when has power or prestige prevented church leaders from distributing sewage to the public? But from a more ideal standpoint of the church, the last thing that a church should be promoting is a healing vending machine.
The Burner has never figured out why Jesus only healed some people, or why he only healed them for a while (it’s assumed that they still succumbed to death eventually). But that’s on Jesus.
What he calls us to is a lifetime of devotion, relationship and ushering in the reign of God.
Dirty water from a statue does not at all provide any of those three things.
It’s sad that these people seek it out from an inanimate statue when the living and active church surrounding the statue should be saying:
“Yeah, it’s sewage. Don’t drink it. Let’s do something better.”