Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
What a time this is in our nation and our life. Protests fill the streets. The demands are for justice, accountability, an end to racial discrimination and violence, and recognition in policy and practice that black lives matter. Peaceful protests are seeking a fundamental change in how we treat one another. This outpouring of people seeking a better world can remold and remake us if we let it.
Sadly, peaceful marches are shoved out of the way with images of fires, destruction, police brutality, looting, and people who seek to provoke more violence. With blasts echoing through the streets of our nation's capital, the president threatened additional violence. He then stood in front of St. John's Church holding up a Bible, perhaps unaware of the liberation found in the Word.
Are you feeling angry? Scared? Frustrated? May the Spirit of God help us in our weakness. When our hearts are overwhelmed, may the Spirit intercede with sighs too deep for words. And may God, who knows our prayers, lead us into a more just and equitable future.
Pray for peace and work for justice,