And Justice for All
So many precious moments in our experience ~ As July 4th came and went, it seemed so right to reflect on our gift of freedom, especially as the daughters and sons of God living on the sacred land of this country and among a people with potential for absolute integrity and justice. The notion of universal freedom as an inherent gift of creation always raises the question, “How inclusive are we in believing in and bringing about this freedom for all persons?” As citizens of the country and the world, we, too, can easily digress from the momentous charge we have been given, becoming engaged in the politics of our time and often its prejudices. What, then, to do with the love in our hearts and the commitment in our souls!
Our RDC story is filled with the call to freedom, and we have chosen to include in our vision of vocation, “…to liberate and heal God’s people…to offer the gift of hope to our world.” Again, the question “What, then….how then?” and the familiar and inspiring words of Mother Mary Veronica, “We must do the duty that lies nearest to us…in our day, generation, and in our sphere.”
Sunday’s entrance antiphon from Psalm 17 reminds us of our absolute reliance on God to learn the way, “As for me, in justice I shall behold your face. I shall be filled with the vision of your glory.” And the Gospel continues, “Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear… the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands…who bears fruit and yields a hundredfold…” The seed is the word of God…and is not our vocation to sow the seeds of justice and mercy…recognizing “the duty that lies nearest to us” and responding daily to our gifts of faith no matter the odds, no matter the bewilderment of our time, our souls ever “thirsting for the living God.…”
As prophetic witnesses through a countercultural mission and lifestyle and in fidelity to our charism, we pray the words and the spirit of the psalmist, calling on “Love Divine, who walks beside me, give me strength to meet the fears that dwell within…open my heart that compassion may be my companion …confront all within me that is not whole…shine your Light into my darkness…. May I walk with you justly, with mercy and in peace.” (adaptations from Nan Merrill, Psalms for Praying)
And again, in the first reading in today’s liturgy, the call to witness to the abiding presence and love of God: Hosea’s God lamenting, “…though I stooped to feed my child, they did not know that I was their healer.” … the reminder, “Whom shall I send? Send me.”