Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
On this day we remember and honor Martin Luther King, Jr. We remember him as a primary leader of the Civil Rights movement, an activist for racial equality and a believer in non-violence even in the most difficult circumstances of human conflict. He refused to allow the false assumption of the inferiority of persons of color stand, choosing instead the vision of the day when persons of every color would respect and even love one another in the knowledge that we are all equally children of God our Creator.
Martin Luther King, Jr. has been honored as a man who sacrificially brought about life-transforming change for African-Americans. I know that his work transformed my life as well. His voice for justice continues to inspire the hearts of many of every race and culture. As a bishop of the Church I am encouraged by the fact that he claimed Christian ministry as the most authentic way for him to fulfill an inner urge to serve humanity.
There has been no time since Martin Luther King Jr.’s death when we have needed his witness more than now. The US is led by an immoral unprincipled President. New Jim Crow laws have reinstated segregation on every front and forced forward the perpetual incarceration of generations of men and young boys of color. There is a growing disdain for the poor, and the demonization of migrants. These are all signs of the re-creation of the very culture that Martin Luther King Jr. worked so very hard and gave his life to overcome; a culture of darkness and hate.
My prayer on this day is that we may anew be inspired by the witness of this extraordinary Christian servant leader. I pray that the Holy Spirit will fill us with the same inner urge to serve humanity that Martin Luther King, Jr. was filled with. I also pray that as Christians we may recommit to that eternal truth that Christ himself continues to whisper to our souls…. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
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