What in the world is going on in our country? – children being separated from their parents at the southern border and placed in cages; people trying to “normalize” white supremacy and the belief that America belongs to white people; immigration hardliners comparing immigrants to rats and suggesting those seeking asylum can instead “go home”; politicians stoking racism, xenophobia, and fear; human trafficking is an epidemic; gun violence is at a level not seen in decades; the impacts of climate change are everywhere, the prison-industrial complex is big business, etc.
As I work to navigate what seems like never-ending chaos, I am reminded of a tweet from the Rev. James Martin, S.J.:
What Jesus never said: “Feed the hungry only if they have papers.” “Clothe the naked only if they’re from your country.” “Welcome the stranger only if there’s zero risk.” “Help the poor only if it’s convenient.” “Love your neighbor only if they look like you.”
His words implore me – as a Christian, as an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, as a human being — to stick with Jesus and to not to be drawn into the discord.
Jesus calls us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, care for the sick, visit those who are in prison, help the poor, and love our neighbor.
I will continue to sow seeds of love, compassion, hope, harmony, calm and peace amid storms of fear, hatred, dishonesty, and injustice.
How about you?