If you are a nurse you probably remember the moment you felt the need to care for others. Nursing is more than a job for most of us. It is a vocation that we feel comes from God. Today at the prayer for peace in St. Louis one of the ministers suggested that the loss of public education and poverty results in much of the injustice that exists in our society. I could not help but wonder how many students we price out of nursing by the ever-rising tuition. How many students struggle and fail not because of inability, but because of financial barriers. And, how much inequality and injustice results from lack of access to education?
Standing in the shadows of where Dred Scott appealed to the justice system and found no justice, we joined together in prayer as one human family in solidarity for justice and peace. If we are to realize that prayer it requires that it result in good works and action from the whole community.
We can wonder if our prayers are heard or we can open our ears to hear. “Justice, justice you shall pursue (Deuteronomy 16:20). Are we able to recognize that many in our community are following their consciences to be civilly disobedient to an unjust law? Are we able to say what we can do to address injustice?
Whether we see justice as emanating from God or simply as fairness we should all be able to enter into a civil conversation about the issues and to do so we may need facilitators to help. I think today we meet many of those potential facilitators and they came in the form of Priests, Ministers, and Imams.
Whether the injustice your conscience calls you stand against is the use of force, escalating college tuition, health care for all, or the attack on the public school system you must stand and act. We are all called to pursue justice.
What does God want us to do? Only that we do justice.