We have made great progress for Social Justice for people living with disabilities since the ADA was put into place in 1990. But the social justice movement to provide equality for people who live with disabilities started in 1973.
Years ago, I was asked to tell the story of Good Friday to a group of preschoolers. One little boy kept repeating over and over again, "Jesus died." "Yes," I said. "That's true. But God made him alive again!" But it wasn't the resurrection he was interested in. "Jesus died," he insisted.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, in which we remember the last week of Jesus’ life – his trial, suffering, death, and resurrection. It’s a complex story, in which crowds first welcome Jesus with shouts of joy and quickly turn to condemning him with shouts of execution. It’s hard enough for adults to understand and explain – but how about kids? How do you talk about Holy Week in your family?
In the book, WALKING ON WATER, by Madeleine L’Engle she says that angels speak to us no differently today than the angel that spoke to Mary, and what would have happened if Mary had said “no”. “She was free to do so. But she said yes. She was obedient and the artist, too must be obedient to the command of the work….When the words (or the music created, or the art made) mean more than the writer knew they meant, then the writer has been listening. And sometimes when we listen we are lead into places we do not expect, into adventures we do not always understand.” Creativity demands Listening to the Silence, staying open to the voice of the Spirit and slowing down.
Change provides the opportunity to ask ourselves questions: How will I access my faith during times of change? How will I center myself? How do I nurture my faith life? How can I use change to grow? How and When do I take action?
Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, 'Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him' Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, 'Out of Egypt I have called my son.' Matthew 2:13-15
Over the course of a 15 year study on added sugar and heart disease, participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar. This was true regardless of a person's age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index (a measure of weight). (Corliss,2016) Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they're processed or prepared. According to the study, most U.S. adults consume about 22 teaspoons of added sugars a day! This is an alarming statistic! The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons or 100 calories a day of sugar for women and 9 teaspoons or 150 calories a day for men. A 12 ounce can of regular soda contains about 9 teaspoons of sugar, so consuming only one a day puts all women and most men over the daily limit. So, reducing soda or other sweetened beverage intake will help tremendously in lowering the amount of sugar consumed. (nd,2016) Other sources of added sugar include cookies, cakes, pastries, fruit drinks, ice cream, frozen yogurt, candy and ready-to-eat cereals. Remember when consuming white flour in breads and pasta your body quickly converts it to sugar.
Justice. Some thought-provoking words have been spoken on this topic in a sonnet, written and delivered by Lin-Manuel Miranda during his 2016 Tony acceptance speech. Here is an excerpt: “…When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day. …We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers remembrance that hope and love last longer. Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside….”