On the 50th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. (video)

On the 50th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. (video)

Bishop Beisner recorded this reflection earlier this week. Here is the text of the video.

On the 50th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Friends in Christ:

Grace and peace, and Easter blessings to you.

Recent protests in Sacramento call for us to say his name: Stephon Clark. In all that that name evokes in us, I hope that we will be helped to hear that longing which Martin Luther King Jr. described: “Humanity is waiting for something other than blind imitation of the past.” There is a universal longing for a new humanity, a new and truly free world. As Dr. King said, “A dark, desperate, confused and sin-sick world waits for this new kind of man and this new kind of power. Power that will lift us from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope.”

That power is the power of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is God at work in the world to transform the world. It is the Holy Spirit in us transforming us. Easter teaches us that sin, death, and hell don’t get the last word; racism, poverty, and violence don’t get the last word. Love gets the last word. And the all-powerful love of God that raised Jesus from the dead and made him Lord of all has raised us, too. We have been raised to new life; we have been reconciled with God, and made ministers of Christ’s reconciliation to the world; we are partners with him in his transforming work. That is our mission. Easter affirms it. We need to embrace it; at the same time, we need to take to heart Dr. King’s prophetic words: “Today the judgment of God is upon the Church for its failure to be true to its mission.”

Easter teaches us that we must repent and begin again – and that we have the power to do so, power to be victorious in the struggle. The Stephon Clark tragedy reminds us of the urgency of the work we are called to do.

In this Season, and through all the coming days of this unfolding tragedy in Sacramento, pray for the repose of the soul of Stephon Clark, for his family and friends and all who mourn; pray for those who shot him, and for the authorities upon whom falls responsibility for justice; pray for the mayor and Council in their work of repair and reform; pray for all those local community leaders, pastors, organizers, and protestors who seek peace with justice; and pray that we all may be delivered from chaos to true community. Pray, and join with all people of good will to do that work.

Finally, as we observe the Feast of Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th anniversary of his martyrdom, let us pray and continue to pray:

Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may strive to secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Yours in Christ’s Victory,

+ Barry

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Susan Prier wrote:
Thank you!

Thu, April 5, 2018 @ 11:40 AM

2. amy Dierlam wrote:
Amen! Could be better said. Hope in this time of struggle and despair. Alleluia!

Thu, April 5, 2018 @ 10:47 PM

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