In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Today is the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., the American leader of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Listen to the dream of unity spoken by Martin Luther King Junior:
“I have a dream that one day, all people will be created equal.
I have a dream that one day, we will all be able to sit down together at the table.
I have a dream that one day, we will live in a nation where people will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by who they are.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will join hands and sing
Yesterday was the World day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees. So, we pray for all migrants and refugees as we welcome them with the hospitality of Jesus into our communities and our countries.
Jesus’ great love commandment invites us to love our neighbours as ourselves. Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan to his followers. It is a story about compassion and kindness to your neighbours despite their differences. Jesus said, “Go and do the same” so we are called to act as Jesus would.
All three of our reflections today: Martin Luther King Jr., the call to pray for the Migrants and refuges and the story of the Good Samaritan, highlight our call to justice and care for all peoples in Jesus way.
Let us pray:
Dear God, each one of us is Your work of art,
We are all your children. Some of us are born “colour blind” and welcome all.
Help us to be colour blind in our hearts.
Help us to strive to be the kind of people
who look at the inside of a person
and see the best in them.
God of harmony and unity,
You cals us to work together to build your kingdom.
May our ears clearly hear your voice
May our eyes see your beauty in all peoples
May our understanding break down walls of fear and prejudice.
May our schools
Be places of friendship
places of belonging
and places of welcome
where everyone feels safe.
where everyone has a place
where all are united in You, dear God.
Arm in arm as the children of God we continue our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.