Scripture: Jeremiah 22:3
“Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place.”
Thought for the Day: Today, I find myself weeping uncontrollably.
I weep for all the innocent blood that has been shed in the name of intolerance and hatred.
I weep for the families in Afghanistan and Treyvon Martin in Orlando, and all the faceless victims of intolerance we haven’t even heard about.
I weep for the oppressed in Syria, China, Egypt, America, and around the globe.
I weep for a humanity that seems to have lost its soul.
Why is it so difficult for us to see God in each other’s eyes? Why are we so obsessed with outward appearances, when nothing truly matters but the inner light of God, which glows through all of us equally? Intolerance and violence are the signs of a morally bankrupt, shallow society. We are so much more than what we see ourselves as. As Carl Sagan once said, “We’re made of star stuff.”
We are connected at a biological, natural, and atomic level in profound and divine ways. We are, at the very core of our being, One. Isn’t it time to start looking beyond the physical and start recognizing the inner cosmos we all share?
I think so. I think it’s well beyond that time.
Prayer: Forgiving and Holy Lord, may your blessings and love rain down upon the families of those who have been victimized be hate, fear, and intolerance. May you create in us a new way of looking at the world—more deeply, more lovingly, and more peacefully. Help us all to see, Sustainer of our existence, through the eyes of the Christ, who always urged non-violence and begged us to love each other, and to care for each other, as you love and care for us—without conditions. Amen.