I purchased this box of Colors of the World for one reason – the reminder that they are “non-toxic.”
I’ve visited a few museums, I’ve read a few books, I’ve had conversations, but none of that fully opens my mind to what it means to be hated and feared simply because of the color of my skin.
In The Gospel According to John 2:1-11 we are told of Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine. This wasn’t done merely as an introduction to what Jesus could do or setting the stage for more miracles. This was done so that a family woul
d not experience shame and disgrace. We mustn’t forget that it was Mary, the mother of Jesus, who stood in front of that shame and provided another way: “Do what he tells you.”
We try to make it so complicated, but if we truly heed the words of Mary we will respond with love because Jesus tells us to love our neighbors and our enemies, we will respond with compassion because Jesus tells us to care for one another. We will respond with grace because Jesus tells us that how we treat one another is how we treat him.
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 17, 2022
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day