July 24, 2016
“Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty?”
It takes a lot of courage to yell at God.
It is a courage honed not by a distrustful distance from the divine
but by a fire-filled intimacy with the unfolding intention of God’s wisdom.
Abraham’s challenge is echoed by courageous voices in our own time:
As refugees are disallowed because some of them might be terrorists . . .
As we discover in our neighborhoods the terrible evil of human trafficking . . .
As people go hungry because of the irresponsibility of those for whom greed is a way of life . . .
we ask again: O God, will the innocent be swept away with the guilty?
As ministers of the Gospel we stand in a long line of clamoring pray-ers, demanding God’s attention to injustice even as we do all that we can to call to accountability those who live off the oppression they perpetrate.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, O God,
may we become even bolder in calling the world’s attention to the plight of the innocent.
May they not be swept away by our apathy
but gathered into the wide embrace of the Gospel of love.
May courage be our song as our song is love, all-embracing love.
Cynthia Serjak, rsm
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Silver Spring, Maryland