Given the current state of our national politics as well as the state of politics around the globe we may be filled with anxiety and fear, not sure what to do or where to turn. It seems like the far-right factions are gaining power in an ever-growing number of countries around the world. Our sisters and brothers of color, Muslims, immigrants, refuges and women and many others all feel vulnerable and at risk in this environment of racist, misogynistic and bigoted violence and rhetoric aimed at holding them down and keeping them from advancing in society.
In so many neighborhoods across this country people feel they are no longer safe to simply walk down the street or take public transport. We are called by our discipleship to stand with them and make sure that all those who feel vulnerable and threatened know that they are safe with us and that we stand with them.
We are called to reach out to and to raise up all those who feel threatened. It is our Baptismal call. Just as Jesus went to the margins, so too we must guard the most vulnerable in every way we can. We need to make known our stance and we need to do so bravely and peaceably. Whether we do this through public protest, through advocacy, through legal actions, through prayer or through personal reaching out to those who are being targeted, we must, each one of us, find ways to stand up and against all forms of racism, bigotry, xenophobia and misogyny.
Today we celebrate Jesus Christ as the Sovereign of the Universe. So let us not despair, let us recall that regardless of how corrupt the world might look, how many nations are at war or threatening war, Christ is at work in the world...and that Christ works in and through US! Let us take his earthly life as the model for our lives and follow his command to build up the Reign of God by loving and protecting all of our sisters and brothers as well as the earth itself!
Filled with the Holy Spirit what concrete action can I take this week to show my support for all those who are feeling fearful and vulnerable? What movement or organization can I join with to fight against racism, bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia? How will I live my discipleship of Jesus Christ this week?