May 15

Reflection

Daily we are inundated with situations which get their moment on news channels and then are accepted with a sigh …another shooting of innocent school children… another reversal of policies to address climate change… more corrupt self-interested politicians…money poured in to control elections …blatant lies promoted as facts…  refusal to support programs that  ease poverty…and so on.  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. We are they who claim to live by his values. How much will it take to rouse us?

Prayer

Give us knowledge, understanding and courage to act justly.

Action

Reflect on the question ”How much will it take to rouse us?” Why is there no effective united energy to reverse these problems? Why is there a shrugging acceptance? What about you?

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.
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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