January 18, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Reflection

From Lynnette Colon, director of Campus Ministry

What do I want to say about Martin Luther King Jr.?

I never met him; yet, I admire the fruits of his courage.

I never met him; yet, I am appreciative of the seeds he planted.

He planted seeds of compassion, truth, thought provoking questions that stirred and continue to stir inner reflections of ‘what are you doing for others?

What are we doing for each other?

His passion shook the soul when he spoke, but only because his words came from actions. People heard him, but they also saw him.

His roar was not meant to stir fear, but to stir love. His roar was an invitation, a call, to walk with him.

I can only imagine that as a human, he too, had moments of fear. However, like so many global faith-based leaders of history (and present), fear was not a dominating factor. The dominating factor was The Dream becoming reality.

There is no doubt that Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Christian faith was the foundation and strength in his calling to bring about justice, equality, love, and hope for all.

As Coretta Scott King state on the King Center website: “This is not a black holiday; it is a peoples’ holiday

I invite us to be mindful of what stirs within us. How can we make The Dream reality? How can we serve humanity, not just today, but every day? How does our faith call us to serve?

I offer the following biblical verse as a prayer for all of us:

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

1 Peter 4: 10

Let us come together as a community on Monday, January 23 at 12:00 p.m. and/or 7:00 p.m. to The Connor Chapel of Our Lady to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy, but to also hear our calling.

Read more of Coretta Scott King’s message.

Peace and blessings to you all,

Lynnette