It has to be the church, … who will bring the Word, Jesus, to calm the storm through justice, peace and right living.
“Debe residents terrified about rising crime” was a headline in the Guardian newspaper recently. This could be anywhere. The recent spate of ‘home invasions’ exacerbates the fear. Twenty or more years ago, we were on the cusp of a looming escalation of crime and violence in our nation. We continued in our boat and now it is ‘dark’ and we are three/four miles further on our journey to ‘the other side’.
Crime in all its manifestations – trafficking, slavery, violence, domestic violence, robberies, white collar crimes, corruption, is crippling/paralyzing our communities. Who is our Jesus ‘walking on the water, calming the storm of crime’ in our seas, homes, communities? It has to be the church, our parishes, ecclesial communities, commissions, working in common union, building community, fostering inclusivity and committed to true dialogue, that will bring the Word, Jesus, to calm the storm through justice, peace and right living.
We pray that the Holy Spirit will move us to work in collaboration, listening to one another, to walk on the water, calming the stormy winds that prevent us from reaching the other side, ‘Jerusalem’.