I often think about all the people who have made a positive impact on the world through their words, actions, courage, and big hearts. I think about how they started their journeys alone or with a few people who believed in their vision. I think about how their journeys remained difficult, but they continued to move forward on their paths to spread peace, love, equality, and justice to the people around them.
I think about how Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and his family members’ lives were constantly threatened throughout his fight for racial and economic justice. I think about how Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head for her activism supporting education for women in Pakistan. I think about how Colin Kaepernick took a knee and brought attention to racial injustice in the United States, a fire that has never been put out but instead left burning. I think about Anne Frank’s last diary entry, “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are still truly good at heart.” And, I think about many others. I think about how people tried to silence them, dim their lights, break their spirits, and make their hearts cold. These bright lights had the odds stacked against them, but prevailed to inspire, help people look deep inside themselves, and question the things that were happening around them.
In this week’s reading from Luke, Jesus’s life is threatened. He is told to stop what he is doing and to leave Jerusalem if he wants to live. Jesus responds, “Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and healing people today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose.” Jesus had followers and believers, yet his journey was difficult. But that didn’t stop him from helping the people around him, spreading love, and giving people something much bigger to believe in. Even for non-believers, Jesus continued to keep his heart open, ready to accept them.
As I reflect on this week’s gospel, I’m reminded that some people are lost in their hatred. Yet, knowing that there are people spreading love and fighting for their cause, no matter the challenges—this gives me hope when I feel my faith in humanity shaking. I remember that people are capable of compassion and forgiveness. Even if they seem lost in hatred, change is possible.
Consider ways you can spread love and make the planet better through your actions this week. One way could be by joining your local Community Supported Agriculture cooperative, which supports local farmers and gives you access to sustainable foods. You can also join the Trinity community for an info session about CSAs, including a walk to the Tribeca Saturday Greenmarket on March 23 at 11am, part of our Xīnxiān Shíwù Para Everyone events.
Rase is a born-and-raised New Yorker, who joined the Justice and Reconciliation team as the Volunteer Coordinator for Trinity’s Brown Bag Lunch Ministry. She graduated from The College of St. Rose where she studied Communications and Media Studies. Her final research project, “Bury your Gays,” explored the misrepresentations and portrayals of lesbian and bisexual characters in media.
Each Sunday in Lent, Trinity staff and community members are offering personal takes on the intersection of faith and social justice action. Check back each week for insights into how you can get inspired, involved, and make a difference this Lenten season—and beyond!
March 17 Readings: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 13:31-35