Praying for Justice
While today we celebrate the snow, Monday we take the day off of school to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This morning, I had the pleasure of attending the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Breakfast. Community leaders from around the city of Jackson and the state of Michigan gathered to remember Dr. King.
At this event, Judge Susan Beebe Jordan, mother of Sophia (’19) and Lily (’22) delivered they keynote address as the featured speaker. Judge Jordan spoke with passion, humility, and vision about Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail and its relevance today. While acknowledging and celebrating the many achievements for quality since Dr. King’s letter was first written, Judge Jordan reminded us of the social injustices, especially with regards to race, that still impede equality today: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Dr. King’s letter and Judge Jordan’s message reverberate with our core beliefs as Catholics: “Whatsoever you do unto the least of my people, that you do unto me”. We are called, Monday and everyday, to act with love, compassion, understanding, patience, and grace to those around us — especially those suffering injustice because of the color of their skin, their gender, their county of origin, their wealth, or their health. Sometimes, we speak loudly and act boldly to enact change on a grand scale. More frequently, however, we are challenged to create justice and equality around us in the quiet moments — to include all, to invite all, to respect all, to speak highly of all, and to seek to understand challenges of which we might know not.
On Monday, please set aside time to pray for justice in our world, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Father, you have given all peoples on common origin. It is your will that they be gathered together as one family in yourself. Fill the hearts of mankind with the fire of your love and with the desire to ensure justice for all. By sharing the good things you give us, may we secure an equality for all our brothers and sisters throughout the world. May there be an end to division, strife, and war. May there be a dawning of a truly human society built on love and peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
In the Light of Christ,