The key to God’s dream of justice is that no one will hurt or destroy anyone or anything—individuals, nations, and the earth itself. …When one group of people oppresses another group, God’s dream fades. When orphans are forced to rear themselves and their younger siblings because their parents have died in war or from HIV-AIDS, God’s dream suffers. When widows become the prey of those filled with greed, God’s dream disappears. God invites us to do good by seeking justice, rescuing the oppressed, defending the orphan, and pleading for the widow. God’s invitation is for the entire community and the nation.
—George Hovaness Donigian, A World Worth Saving: Lenten Spiritual Practices for Action (Upper Room Books, 2013)
Where is God inviting you to seek justice in your community? Join the conversation.
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
—Amos 5:24, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
I believe the world you created is worth saving. Give me the courage and strength and the desire to act in big and little ways to make your justice and love real on earth. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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Liturgy of the Passion
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