Finding God in the Struggle against Injustice
Read Exodus 30:1-10
"...Throughout your generations he shall perform the atonement for it once a year with the blood of the atoning sin offering. It is most holy to the Lord." - Exodus 30:10
Reflection: Jesus knew His purpose in life would require intense suffering and the ultimate sacrifice – death on the Cross. Despite this, Jesus is steadfast in His teaching of the Gospel and love for His people. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is fearless in stating that He knows God because He is “from God,” and was sent for a purpose.
Am I brave enough to stand up for my beliefs, no matter the cost? Am I courageous enough to be light and love, even in the midst of oppression and hatred?
Sophie Scholl and other members of The White Rose stood against Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, knowing death was imminent. She said, “The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes.”
I am reminded today that sometimes our faith calls us to be radical, to make waves in the presence of injustice.
Scripture shows me that I am not alone in the quest for bravery and justice, because Jesus is “close to the brokenhearted.” He is close to me, He is close to you.
By Lindsey Frechou is a Jesuit Volunteer serving in Washington DC. Devotion originally published by the Catholic Alliance for the Common Good.
Prayer: Create in me a clean heart, O God,and put a new and right spirit within me.Do not cast me away from your presence,and do not take your holy spirit from me.Restore to me the joy of your salvation,and sustain in me a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:10-12)
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face." - Eleanor Roosevelt