Statement on Martin Luther King Day Bishop George V. Murry, SJ
Friday, 12 January 2018 19:00


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FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT January 13, 2018
SUBJECT          Statement on Martin Luther King Day  
                          

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The celebration of Martin Luther King Day invites us to remember, give thanks, and live in hope. We remember the prejudice, discrimination and terror that African Americans experienced during the years of slavery and Jim Crow legislation. We give thanks that God raised up a man from Atlanta to show all Americans that all men and women are created in the image of God and deserving of freedom. And we live in hope that through the power of God, the promises made in our Constitution and Bill of Rights will be fulfilled even in our hearing.

Dr. King’s life and words call upon us to confront racial injustice and there is no institution better prepared to engage that struggle than the Church to which Jesus left a mandate to strive for justice.

In the words of Dr. King:

              This belief that God is on the side of truth and justice comes down to us from the long tradition of our Christian faith. There is something at the very center of our faith which reminds us that Good Friday may reign for a day, but ultimately it must give way to the triumphant beat of Easter drums. Evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy a palace and Christ a cross, but one day, that same Christ will rise up and split history in A.D. and B.C. so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by His name.

Rather than be limited by our differences, we should endeavor to appreciate and celebrate what makes us who we are. In music, harmony is achieved when different sounds compliment one another. The same is true in the quest for racial harmony and justice. We should see each other through the eyes of truth and then recognize that God reveals himself in thousands of faces.

Strengthen by our faith, which binds us together, let us be open to encounter each other and learn from each other. Let us judge each other by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. And let us alway be maladjusted to the evil of racism so that God’s kingdom may come and all may be free. 

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