Our hope for becoming better…
It’s become cliché to say this, but it’s been a rough year. It’s especially disturbing to recall what’s happened in the time between last year’s Martin Luther King Day and today. Throughout the year, African Americans and other people of color have died of COVID-19 at disproportionately high rates. Over the summer, the country erupted in protest over the killing of George Floyd and other unarmed African Americans by police. Most recently, we watched in horror as a mob waving Confederate flags stormed the Capitol.
It’s hard to think of anything to say in light of all this. In multiple ways, the past year has been singularly tragic, awful, and disheartening. Fortunately, on Martin Luther King Day, we don’t have to say anything at all. We can let the man, who faced mountains of injustice and tribulations in his own day, speak for himself. So for today’s Monday Minute, I’d like to simply share the final paragraph of one of my favorite sermons of Dr. King:
Let this affirmation be our ringing cry. It will give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember there is great benign Power in the universe whose name is God, and he is able to make a way out of no way, and he is able to transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. This is our hope for becoming better men. This is our mandate for seeking to make a better world.
[Our God is Able. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King. ed. James M. Washington. pgs. 504-509. Like most good books, Kristy has a copy of this ready for check-out in the ARC.]
This Monday Minute is from Br. Sam Amos, FMS