La lucha continua (the struggle continues) Cesar Chavez used to say.
And today’s reading at mass of the Beatitudes remind us of the core vision of Jesus, the nonviolent reign of God is always among us.
And we know this struggle will never be over but as Christians we do believe that as Martin Luther King Jr. used to say “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. It bends towards justice, but here is the thing: it does not bend on its own. It bends because each of us in our own ways put our hand on that arc and we bend it in the direction of justice….”
And so we watch in Tunisia and Egypt the “underground river (God) which cannot be stopped” (Meister Eckhart)—the great and perennial cry for justice and human dignity.
Justice for the Egyptian people has been so long denied because of the deep hypocrisy of the United States which could have turned the military taps off decades ago but never did. Speaking out of both sides of its mouth as it does on Israel, the once great democracy hijacked by corporate interests could never understand why in many Arabic and Muslim countries it was often seen as the Great Satan, the betrayer of the vision of the founders of the Republic and the weeping tears of the Statue of Liberty.
And so the struggle continues and we are all asked to help bend that arc toward justice.