I was fidgety on my thinking chair, forcing myself to slow down and face the disturbance within. I tarried with the implications of the upcoming verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. I listened to the voices of justice speaking at the Nehemiah Action Assembly. I watched a TV report on the humanitarian crisis at our border. I read a Reuter’s article in which Pope Francis appealed to people not to remain blind to the destruction of climate change urging all to work together to protect “creation, our common home.” I wasn’t having a bad day but my reflection time was unsettling.  Truth is I wanted to put my head under the covers and for the rest of the evening let the world pass me by. Breathe, just breathe, I said to myself. This is a spiritual practice I depend on but I thought what if I can’t breathe, literally or metaphorically, either explanation puts me back in a loop of too many serious problems. Sometimes, okay more often than not, my brain is not big enough. I can solve only a tiny bit but there are vast issues needing my (and yes our) passionate attention.   I know it is Holy Tuesday.  Jesus and the disciples are on their way to the Mount of Olives. Tradition connects the story of paying taxes to Caesar (Matthew 22:15-22) to this day. So my thoughts deepen. The Word spoke and I chose to listen. There appeared a resignation, no it’s a resoluteness. I have responsibility both politically and spiritually. The how of my responsibility is learned through the journey toward a greater faithfulness but if the prophet Amos’ words are to be alive and “justice is to roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” than I must shine light by putting my faith into acts that make a difference no matter how small or insignificant they may seem.  Do nothing, accomplish nothing.

Scripture Reading: Hosea 12:6
But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.”

Reflection Questions:
What big problem are you willing to work toward solving?
What does it mean for you to wait for God?
How are your little acts making a difference?

Prayer: Holy God, when I become weary and detached from what matters to you, welcome me back with tenderness and let me be renewed to follow the path of love and justice. Amen.

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