Old Testament: Exodus 3:16-4:12
Morning Psalms: Psalms 118
New Testament: Romans 12:1-12
Gospel: John 8:46-59
Evening Psalms: Psalms 145
I am writing this on Martin Luther King Day. Maybe because it’s this day, maybe because of Rob’s powerful sermon on Martin Luther King yesterday, maybe because these things have been on my mind a lot lately: Every passage in today’s readings made me think of Martin Luther King and the struggles of the civil rights movement in the 60’s. It wasn’t bad enough that it took a hundred years of struggle to get to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If we’re honest, truly open-eyed honest, these struggles continue – another fifty years later! From my limited perspective, there have been improvements. But this makes the prejudice less obvious, and thus more insidious and likely to continue. And the sad thing is, we all suffer for it. But I digress.
Among other things, Fr. Rob spoke about King’s last Christmas Eve sermon. In it, I heard and felt the strength King pulled from knowing the Lord. I’ve always admired his ability to fight on a non-violent basis despite the things “mere mortals” did to him and to his people. And yet, he and they kept on fighting the good fight. Would I have had the strength to do that? Fight alongside him? Do I have that strength today? I’d like to think so, but I would probably need the constant reminder from Psalm 118:
“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies….The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
King knew this so deep in his heart. I hope I can know it as deeply.