FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year B
*Alternate* Second Reading: An excerpt from Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “Beyond Vietnam—A Time to Break Silence”
From Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., an excerpt from his speech “Beyond Vietnam—A Time to Break Silence”
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway.
True compassion is more than flinging a coin at a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. Compassion sees that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.
Let us pray: Ever present God, you called us to be in relationship with one another and promised to dwell wherever two or three are gathered. In our community, we are many different people; we come from many different places, have many different cultures. Open our hearts that we may be bold in finding the riches of inclusion and the treasures of diversity among us. We pray in faith. Amen
The words of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.