Every Tuesday evening I am blessed to join an amazing prayer group as we reflect on the readings for the upcoming Sunday and relate them to the realities of our lives and the current times. As you might imagine, much of conversation last night centered on the horrific fatal arrest of George Floyd and the protests and violence that have ensued since. This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – a celebration of our Good God as a community of persons. What a fitting reminder for our current times! The human family is also a community of persons each made in the image of God.
In the second reading for Sunday, St. Paul invites us – brothers and sisters – to “mend our ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace…to greet one another with a holy kiss.” At the heart of the peaceful protests are people of good will seeking a just world for all. In this we can see St. Paul’s prayer that we live in peace with one another. As a Christian community we do not condone the violence or looting that has taken place, but we do support and lift up those who stand up for justice for all – knowing this is the only way to truly achieve the community that God calls us to be.
As a school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, we embrace their four educational principles, the second of which is the human dignity of each person as an image of God. This is fundamental to a just and peaceful world which is why we want our students to experience it as defining component of our school community. The Sisters have published a statement condemning the violence that has unfolded in recent days and standing in solidarity with all those who hold us accountable for the respect and dignity that each human person deserves. May we join the sisters and embrace this message in our own lives.
“Brothers and sisters, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the holy ones greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.“
Martin Luther King
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
“If you want peace, work for justice.”
Pope Paul VI