This my dear is the greatest challenge of being alive: to witness the injustice of the world, and not allow it to consume our light.
The above comes from our wonderful friend Roz, and is the perfect opening for Holy Week. Lent is the time where we find or rediscover our light, and nurture it.
The challenges of today’s times present moral questions that our leaders and we as individuals cannot ignore. Can we sit on the sidelines and watch a nation and its people be eliminated? It has happened before, not so long ago. What is the right thing to do about thousands of people waiting at our borders? And closer to home, how do we heal the wounds of racism, economic divide, and unequal opportunity?
None of our problems offer easy answers, and we kid ourselves if we believe that political posturing has a role in reaching solutions. We are tempted to fault our systems, but underlying those agents is the moral concept of cruelty and how power obliterates consequences. Over the last decade we have seen how even the moral concept of truth can be turned on its head by power, laziness, and greed.
We celebrate soon the coming of the true light of God. Let each of us spend a little time contemplating those underlying questions we are called to address, and let our light not be consumed, but shine brighter.