Today’s lectionary selection if from Isaiah 42:1-9.
42:1 Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
3 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
5 Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people upon it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
6 I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,*
a light to the nations,
7 to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8 I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.
It has been 36 days since a young man armed with Skittles and Arizona Tea was shot while walking back to the home where he was staying in Sanford, Florida. His name is Trayvon Martin.
We know who killed him; his name is George Zimmerman. And this is his 36th day of freedom since that killing.
At the beginning of this, who was it that was calling for justice? His parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
No parent should have to call in outside forces to bring about the glimmer of hope that justice might happen. Yet too many parents have to do just that. Too often their pleas are not heard.
Who is the one who carries the spirit of G-d and brings justice? Is it you? Is it me?