It has been almost a month of Sundays since we celebrated Easter. Thank God for a Season of Easter, during which we can keep our focus on the life-giving power of The Resurrection. Indeed, we are called to live out the meaning of our Resurrection-Life on a daily basis, by the ways in which we influence the individuals, institutions, and situations we face. All of us have the opportunity to be agents of change for the good of those around us in our family, on our job, within our church community, and therefore in our world. What we need is courage to act even in the smallest ways. Everytime we speak truth to those in places of power, we chip away at the structures which continue to cause hunger, suffering and death in our communities. Everytime we reach out to one person in need, to share the resources we possess, we improve that situation by breaking the chain of isolation and oppression. Everytime we join with others to fight against policies which are harmful to the least of our sisters and brothers, we bend the arch of the universe a little closer to true justice and equality. So this is my prayer for us all:
Loving Creator, Beautiful Savior, Sweet Holy Spirit --
Because you have already conquered evil, fear and death --
Empower each of us who love and follow you to do the same --
As you fill us with your Love, Mercy, and Grace, help us to be merciful and compassionate
As you fill us with your mighty power to save, help us to speak and act with holy boldness
As you daily renew the Spirit of Chirist within us, help us to humbly yet bravely fight for Justice, Equality, and Peace.
In all your holy and righteous names, hear our prayers,
O God...Amen...Ashé...And May It Be So!