My reflection today:
“You have to be taught the way of peace, the way of love, the way of non-violence. In the religious sense, in the moral sense, you can say that in the bottom of every human being, there is a spark of the divine. So you don’t have a right as a human to abuse that spark of the divine in your fellow human being… If you have someone attacking you, beating you, spitting on you, you have to think of that person. Years ago that person was an innocent child, an innocent little baby. What happened? Did something go wrong? Did someone teach that person to hate, to abuse others? You try to appeal to the goodness of every human being and you don’t give up. You never give up on anyone.” – Congressman John Lewis￼￼￼￼
As I was thinking and praying about my reflection today, this quote came up. Congressman John Lewis was beaten for his beliefs but it did not make him a bitter man￼.￼ He, like Jesus prayed for his persecutors and became an activist for peace. He worked for justice. We need more people in our country especially our media to stop the violent rhetoric and become ￼sowers of mercy, peace and justice.