God’s love and mercy

The Christian activist Michael T. McRay recently wrote about his longing for “a world that works for all of us, not just for the few for whom it seems to be already working. There are some in our world who have vested interests in maintaining the status quo. Capitalism works for them. Mass incarceration, racial inequities, police brutality, poverty, gender inequality, unsettled refugees, etc. work for them. Or at least they think those things do. Their profits grow. They feel powerful and secure. But if our systems, our governments, our peace processes, our wars, our developments are only working for some, then maybe they aren’t really working.”

More than two thousand years ago, Jesus pointed out that the systems of his day – religious, political, and social – were working for some but only at the expense of others. He reached out to those who had been oppressed and marginalized and proclaimed that they too were well within the circle of God’s love and mercy. May we find ways to follow Christ’s example, to recognize those for whom our systems are not working, and to live the truth that God’s love encompasses us all and God’s Spirit binds us together as one family. For truly, if our systems only work for some, they aren’t working at all.

~Amy Starr Redwine

He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’ ~Luke 12:12-14