Note: This week’s New Every Morning is structured differently to follow the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through a compilation of reflections and call-and-response prayers known as litanies.
Jesus is the God who knocks because he came into the world as a stranger, inviting us into a relationship so that we would be strangers no more. He knocks on the doors, walls, and structures that we have erected to keep others out. Jesus knocks as one who stands in solidarity with those we have rejected. Jesus knocks as every visitor bearing the image of God who approaches our front doors and southern borders.
—Tony Huynh, “God Who Knocks: A Litany for Making a Home with and for Refugees and Migrants,” Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, edited and compiled by Britney Winn Lee (Fresh Air Books, 2020)
How would you interact with someone at your door if you imagined that person was Jesus?
Join the conversation.
[The righteous will ask,] “When was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
—Matthew 25:38-40 (NRSV)
ONE: God who is their God, God who is my God, God who is our God,
ALL: Teach us to welcome all your children.
ONE: God who has crossed the border between divinity and humanity,
ALL: Teach us to leave behind our comfort.
ONE: God who took on flesh,
ALL: Teach us to love as you have loved us.
ONE: God who became human,
ALL: Teach us to be willing and vulnerable like you.
ONE: God, have mercy on us all.
—Tony Huynh, “God Who Knocks: A Litany for Making a Home with and for Refugees and Migrants”
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The final litany from Rally was written by Britney Winn Lee in the beginning days of the global pandemic. This prayer reminds us that hope endures; goodness prevails; people surprise us; and love cannot, has not, will not fail. Watch and listen.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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