Part of being a people of faith, justice and compassion is in our awareness of what goes on in the world.
Today I read that Palestinians in Israel have been denied the right to walk or run in a marathon. The article says, “Organizers sought to ‘tell a different story than the one of conflict and hate'”, but this has brought opposition from the other party. Where is the justice in such a situation?
Meanwhile there is also a reflection by Loyola Press editor, Vinita Hampton Wright, on walking as an act of faith.
A few thoughts come to mind, on:
• Our personal freedom
• The treatment and healthy use of our bodies
• An appreciation for our bodies, in all the faculties
• The way in which we all go through life, be it in swift urgency or slow contemplation
• And gratitude for all these, which are gifts from God
The Principle and Foundation [Exx 23] is especially relevant here. May we remember and together pray and live in such a way that we affirm that we are created to praise, reverence and serve God, through the care of ourselves and all God’s creatures with balance, as is right.
What are your feelings toward today’s news from the Middle East?
What are your responses to Vinita’s video reflection?