The first reading, Acts 4:1-12, calls us to be witnesses, to have
the moral courage to be such witnesses, and willing to endure the
consequences. I think about a popular folk Christian song –
“They will know we are Christians by our love.” Can
I say that about myself? Do my daily behaviors reflect love? Do
I witness Christian behaviors quietly or publically? At a recent
forum at Creighton University where faculty and staff heard five
faculty report on a national Jesuit conference they had attended,
one staff employee certainly caused me to reflect. The concept being
discussed was how do practice social justice. He noted that when
individuals hear that message – they think it always applies
to the other person, but not to them. He raised a challenge –
if we truly want diverse students at Creighton University (which
would include low income students), are we ready as employees to
take a 10% reduction in our salary to make scholarship funds available?
That could be one example of lived social justice on our part. I
can mentally hear the counter-arguments, i.e., “but, I already
tithe,” etc. Are we willing to truly be in solidarity with
the poor, “with the least of our brothers?” Or, only
in solidarity when it fits in with our other plans?
Today’s Readings have great challenges for us. Am I attentive to seeing Christ? Do I have the moral courage to witness? And, to pay the price of seeing Christ and of witnessing?
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