Extremists for Love
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, carried and asked others also to “carry the Gospel of Freedom,” which is found only in Jesus Christ. Dr King knew his dignity came from being made by God and in the image and likeness of God. Dr King brought the sin of racism out into the open. He lived not for himself, but for truth, justice, and peace. In the face of injustice and violence, he practiced love of neighbor and nonviolence; he was an “extremist for love.” For his work of “nonviolent direct action,” he not only won the Nobel Peace Prize (1964) but also was arrested 30 times and ultimately assassinated at age 39. .
May Dr King rest in peace, may eternal light shine upon him. From heaven, with the communion of saints, may he assist us on our Journey of Reconciliation with God and neighbor. May we honor his memory by living in the freedom of Jesus Christ.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
Scripture for the Morning: Nehemiah 9:12–13
With a column of cloud you led them by day,
and by night with a column of fire,
To light the way of their journey,
the way in which they must travel.
On Mount Sinai you came down,
you spoke with them from heaven;
You gave them just ordinances, true laws,
good statutes and commandments;
Prayers of the Day
Praise the God of Mercy: He Shared Our Human Nature
We give you praise, Father most holy; for you are great and you have fashioned all your works in wisdom and love. You formed man in your own image and entrusted the whole world to his care, so that in serving you alone, the Creator, he might have dominion over all creatures. And when through disobedience he had lost your friendship, you did not abandon him to the domain of death.
For you came in mercy to the aid of all, so that those who seek, might find you. Time and again you offered them the covenants and through the prophets taught them to look forward to salvation.
And you so loved the world, Father most holy, that in the fullness of time you sent your Only Begotten Son to be our Savior. Made incarnate by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, he shared our human nature in all things but sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation, to prisoners, freedom, and to the sorrowful of heart, joy. To accomplish your plan, he gave himself up to death, and rising from the dead, he destroyed death and restored life.
And that we might live no longer for ourselves but for him who died and rose again for us, he sent the Holy Spirit from you, Father, as the first fruits for those who believe, so that, bring to perfection his work in the world, he might sanctify creation to the full.
[Eucharistic Prayer IV]
Keep us faithful
O Lord, as we travel through this day of our life, our strength is in you; in our hearts are the roads to our eternal destination, the place where you dwell for ever with your people in joy and in peace. Sustain us as we pass through the bitter valleys of suffering; shield us as dangers threaten; let us rejoice in the springs of living water that refresh us on our way; and keep us faithful until journey’s end, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
[Magnificat, January 16, 2017]
Radiant Stars of Love Shine Over our Nation
Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.
[MLK, Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 1963]
Question of the Day
- Do you know who you are and what gives you your value?
Resources for the MKL Jr Remembrance
- Read Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963 (Stanford MLK Jr Research and Education Institute)
- Listen Dr Martin Luther King read his letter (Stanford MLK Jr Research and Education Institute)
- Study Civil Rights in America
- Voices of Civil Rights (Library of Congress exhibit)
- A Day Like No Other (Library of Congress exhibit on the 1963 March on Washington)
- The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr (The King Center Archive)
- Who Speaks for the Negro? – digital archive
- Profile: “A Shaky Truce” – Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960–1980
- Artifacts & Records
- The Negro Motorist Green Book (New York Public Library Digital Collections), first published in 1936, final publication 1967
- Vignettes from the Underground Railroad in Virginia