“Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. 6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”–Matthew 11:4-6
But where is this Good News for the children and families in Aleppo? Where is the Good News for those who are huddled on concrete floors to stay warm? Where is this Good News for those who are starving to death? Where is this Good News for black and brown bodies who are innocently killed because of the color of their skin? Where is this Good News for our LGTBQ + and Muslim and Jewish friends?
The truth is when we don’t see these beloved children of God, there is no Good News. The children have stopped crying. The starving no longer need food because they have starved to death. The homeless are frozen in huddles in the streets trying to stay warm. Another black/brown body is killed for no other reason than the color of their skin. Our LGTBQ+ and Muslim/Jewish friends are still seeking acceptance and love in this world.
Sweet Jesus, can we not see them? Can we not hear them? We must see and hear them. We must not be silent. We must speak up and shout the injustices we see in this world. For when we do that, the blind will see, the lame will walk, the lepers will be cleansed, the deaf will hear, the dead will be raised and the poor will indeed have Good News brought to them.
Will we be the voices that bring Good News to those on the margins; those who the world often overloooks? Will we cry out in the silence and proclaim the Good News of the one who brings radical love to all those on the margins? Will we be the ones who help the world to turn?
“Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn”—Canticle of the Turning