As the country begins to imagine what life will be like post COVID, a reminder of our pre-COVID troubles returned with a vengeance in the form of brutal, senseless, fatal violence. The soul cries out in despair at the sight of the dreaded headline and the voice of the prophets rings out across the centuries: "O Lord, how long…" The murder of Asian women, college students, a police officer, a grocery store employee, for no other reason than the twisted impulse of the shooter lies beyond our comprehension. We ask ourselves "what can we DO about this?" Or, more often, the frustration spews forth "why doesn't SOMEONE do SOMETHING?!" Like many of you, I feel the frustration of the slow and deadened response of the government and have lost the sense that we can find a solution through the gridlock.
So, how long, Lord? What would you have us DO? When doors are shut, we must knock. When dialog goes nowhere, we must keep the channels of communication open. When the destruction and violence are before us, we must look at it directly and weep. And, as people of faith, we must seek to align ourselves with the love of God and act out of that love. My daughter offered one of the best suggestions last week. She said, "Mom, just check in on all of your Asian friends and ask if they are okay." A seemingly small step, but a step nevertheless. Action that is born out of compassion is healing.
It doesn't end there, but it certainly can begin there.
This Sunday, we will continue a series from Faith and Reason on The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart featuring Joan Chittister answering the questions:
• Are the Ten Commandments antiquated and obsolete?
• Do they have anything useful for us in the 21st century?
• How did they come to be, and what was their original purpose?
• Have the Ten commandments evolved?
In this series, Joan Chittister, OSB, invites us to think deeply about the moral fibers of our society. She presents the idea that the Ten Commandments are an adventure in human growth and that we are not so much convicted by them as we are transformed by them. “What does it mean to us, to the world, to preserve the Ten Commandments as the bedrock of our civilization?” Sr. Joan offers an honest and refreshing approach to the Ten Commandments unlike anything else today.
Please Join us Sunday right after Coffee Hour at 11 AM on Zoom!