Biblical justice transforms and restores. What does God see when looking down on our city, Washington DC, in 2014? Strangers, sojourners seeking the epiphany of healing of the fissures in one’s own self, in our settled life. Though we may not recognize the need, we all should chose to live in fragile “booths” open to the sky for a time – so we can look up, see the stars and recognize ourselves as the sojourners we are in this life. And then to seek a world in which our neighbors who are homeless invite us in and make common cause with us so that all are healed.
The Conversation on October 12th at 2nd Baptist Church presented the roots of our call for justice:
- Rev. John Graham. Pastor, Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown: Letter to the Hebrew, Chapter 11 – “These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.”
- Rev. Dr. James Terrell. Pastor, Second Baptist Church; President, Council of Churches of Greater Washington: Luke 4: 17-21 – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
- Rabbi Bruce Lustig. Senior Rabbi, Washington Hebrew Congregation: Leviticus 23: 40-43, 19: 1-19; Isaiah 58: 1-14 – “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not fully reap the corner of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest….you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger.”
- Mark Horak S.J. Pastor, Holy Trinity Catholic Church: Meditation - “What does God see looking down on this world, this city, Washington DC?”
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