The annual Spoken Word Competition organised by the Catholic Commission for Social Justice was held Saturday, November 20 under the theme The Ever Wider We. Here is ‘We Are One’ by Kerlyssa De Verteuil who placed third.
We were God’s playdough.
He formed us in His own image and likeness, we were His clay mold.
We claim and hold unto the Potter’s hand but push others into the nail-inspired holes.
Holes that God bore so that there wouldn’t be any more empty souls.
How could we live in a world where the marginalised are penalised for our foul plays and we can’t kick the goals in.
The poor put up dish cloth curtains in the boxes of our Amazon packages.
Their stomachs are empty vessels waiting for another miracle of the 12 loaves and fish.
Their stomachs are empty cups waiting for God to overflow it.
Pope Francis once said that Jesus was a refugee. He had to flee to save His own life from persecution.
Some children are migrants trying to change the hand they were served before they become servants.
I am a migrant trying to sail across the ocean before the world pulls me down with its current-day currents.
We are all migrants trying to rest in Jesus like a boat with its final destination Heaven.
But there can never be an ever-wider we if we don’t see the reality that there is poverty.
Presently this virus thuds around and adjusts its crown into everyone’s salary.
This Covid-19 shows us that a mask shouldn’t mask us from other people’s plight.
But we act like we can get donations from other planets to solve our own strife.
It is time to realise that this world’s prior needs are the priorities that we often reject.
Imagine, we could construct artificial intelligence but cannot solve world hunger. Doesn’t that make us artificially intelligent?
Ladies and gents, this world need all the help it can get.
Let us not forget.
Blessed are they who are poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of God.
Here is a thought……being rich doesn’t mean you can afford to have a seat at God’s throne and eat at the banquet of the Lord.
We are called to join our hearts in community, in communion.
One bread, one body, one dove that descends, one family, one love.
In God’s eyes we are One.
SOCIAL JUSTICE QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“Charity goes beyond justice, because to love is to give, to offer what is ‘mine’ to the other; but it never lacks justice, which prompts us to give the other what is ‘his’, what is due to him by reason of his being or his acting.” (6)
–Pope Emeritus Benedict XV1,
‘Caritas In Veritate’
CCSJ Social Justice Education Committee