When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“For I decided to know nothing among you…”
As a person working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion amid a pandemic, the last few months have been challenging to say the least, and yet also incredibly inspiring.
During these turbulent times, the question that has come up from so many repeatedly is “What can I do?” “How do I engage?”
As people of faith, I believe we need to ask another question- Where is Christ?
Where was Christ when George Floyd and other people of color have been senselessly killed?
Where was Christ, when some of our refugee children are locked up away and detained from their parents?
Where is Christ when the nameless casualties of Covid continue to increase, many of whom are our most marginalized?
Where is Christ amid our fears?
Jesus sought to be first and foremost truly present to the most marginalized and powerless among us. It is that type of presence that will ultimately transform us, giving us the hope, power, and willingness to sacrifice for systemic change in pursuit of justice. To do this, like Jesus, we will need to, first and foremost, be open to the world and people around us every day and to engage more deeply, avoiding the temptation to be presumptive or try to fix anything immediately.
What is keeping me right now from being truly present amid what is going on in the world today? Pandemic, racial injustice, political/cultural divisions, economic distress etc. What is keeping me right now from being truly present as Jesus is present with those suffering, marginalized, and most powerless in our society?
—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.
Help me be present to you through those suffering right now from injustice in all its forms. Help me to be open to your voice through their voices, their reflections, their hopes, their desires. Help me to be open to allowing them to transform me to love more deeply through my actions and deeds. For this I truly desire and believe is your will for me, Lord.
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