DO, LOVE, WALK – Reflection for June 2010
For the next few months our Reflections will delve into the spirituality of Dorathy Day as recounted by her co-worker Jim Forrest.
She came to prominence in the America of the 1930’s because of her work for the poorest, her opposition to war, and her radical, Gospel inspired life-style.
Dorothy Day taught me that justice is not just a project for the government, do-good agencies, or radical movements designing a new social order in which all the world’s problems will be solved. It’s for you and me, here and now, right where we are.
Jesus did not say “Blessed are you who give contributions to charity” or “Blessed are you who are planning a just society.” He said, “Welcome into the Kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world, for I was hungry and you fed me.” At the heart of what Dorothy did were the works of mercy. For her, these were not simply obligations the Lord imposed on his followers. As she said on one occasion, “We are here to celebrate him through these works of mercy.”
“What does the Lord require of you? Only this – To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Lord may we DO the work of justice every day. May our LOVE be shown through mercy and compassion. And as we WALK on the path of life may we see and welcome you in the people of every tribe and nation that we meet on our way. AMEN