June 19

Reflection

When situations became blatantly contrary to his values, Jesus expressed his outrage. He called the religious leaders “whited sepulchers” and Herod a “fox”. He threw the buyers and sellers out of the temple. In the face of clear injustices, he did not remain passive or continue to live comfortably. And then, there are we who claim to believe in his values. Daily we are inundated with situations which get their momentary interest on news channels and then are absorbed with a sigh …another shooting of innocent people or school children… another industrial cause of climate change…another violent conflict in the world scene that kills the innocent and destroys their lands…more corrupt self-interested politicians…money poured in by such as the Koch brothers to control elections …refusal to pass legislation to ease poverty…and so on. How much will it take to rouse us? When will we get beyond our own comfort, become involved and use our power to vote to make changes? The question arises: Where is the outrage?

Prayer

Give us knowledge, understanding and courage to act justly.

Action

Reflect on the questions: Why is there no force of outrage? What about me?

Suggested Reading

Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  “It is written,” he said to them, “My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a ‘den of robbers”.
Matthew 21:13

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Desmond Tutu

 There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
Elie Wiesel

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.
Frederick Douglass

It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.
Carl T. Rowan

In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.
 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,

I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.
Charles Bukowski

It is not a persuasive argument that an evil should continue because it has existed in the past.
 William Hastie

The underlying sickness of human life is an unwillingness to look with open eyes at the condition of the world.
Hu Shih

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