Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Monday morning, the seventeenth day of January 2011, and as you look out onto “Our Lady of the Assumption” church here in Osterville, on a recent snowy morning, with more in the forecast for today, a parish I am proud to say, or rather, I have the privilege, to sing in for our very excellent choir, which I am a part of, and I would ask that you might take a moment to give thanks to whatever Divine force, that really runs the ship in this Universe, for saving the life of Gabby Giffords, whose condition at the very excellent University Hospital in Tuscon, Arizona, has been upgraded from serious to stable, as she becomes more alert and stronger by the day. It was a tough week end for others who were involved in that fatal shooting a little over a week ago, namely Dorwin Stoddard’s loved ones, Dorwin, who shielded his wife from the gun man’s bullets, thereby saving her life by sparing his own, literally ‘laying down his life for another’, will be missed by many, as he left behind his wife and five children. May God’s speed be with you SIR. Also, this past week end, was a memorial for Gabe Zimmerman, only 30 years of age, a staffer who worked for the congresswoman, well LOVED and already sorely missed, as there were over 800 people at his funeral including Mark Kelly, the husband of Gabby who rarely leaves her side, an astronaut and true patriot, who was most likely feeling the weight of that loss that we all somehow collectively feel. Of course, the first funeral was held for the youngest victim of this senseless tragedy, on this Saturday past, and it was for Christina Taylor Green, who was born on September 11th, another tragic day in this nation’s history, where violence hit us ALL so hard as it changed so many intangibles in this nation, for you would be hard pressed to pin them all down. She was a LIGHT to this nation, as she was engaged and INTERESTED in what politicians do for their country, the reason she was going to see Gabby in the first place, and thus, makes this all the more heart wrenching. May God’s greatest ANGEL fly her wherever she wants go, whenever she wants to go there, and without any commercial interruptions. This is a solemn day for the WHOLE of the nation, should you be paying ATTENTION to what is really going on here, for on this day, we mark the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., whose work in the early 1960’s until his death by another gun man’s bullet ended what was perhaps the brightest LIGHT in the human race at that point in this nation’s history. I would like, with your indulgence, to quote something you may not have heard before and try and equate it, should you wish, to what this past tragedy has in common with his words, Dr. KIng’s words, some 48 years ago today… ~ “All I am saying is this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a singe garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout his career of service, King wrote and spoke frequently, drawing on his experience as a preacher. His “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” written in 1963, is a passionate statement of his crusade for JUSTICE. On October 14th, 1964, King became the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Peace, which was awarded him for leading non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in the United States. Some of King’s early influences were men like civil rights leader, theologian and educator, Howard Thurman, a classmate of King’s father at Morehouse College. Thurman mentored the young King and his friend, as Thurman’s missionary work had taken him abroad when he had met and conferred with Mahatma Gandhi. When he was a student at Boston University, King often visited with Thurman, who was the dean of Marsh Chapel. Walter Fluker, who studied Thurman’s writings has stated, “I don’t believe you’d get a Martin Luther King Jr., without a Howard Thurman.” This day is more than just “another holiday”, for it brings forth the spirit of what we have been talking about all along here, the movement towards REAL CIVILITY, which begins in the mirror, or, should you like pop music, as the late, great Michael Jackson sang, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that CHANGE.” (lyric from the song, “man in the mirror”) My greatest prayer goes out to those in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate as they take up their “posts” that resemble strategies employed in the World War I “trench warfare”. First on the chopping block, the new Health-care LAW, enacted just a few months ago by the 111th congress, who in the end, with what they had to work with, did a GREAT job, especially when it came to the 911 first responders bill, thank you, by the way, from all of America, yes, when they go back to their “positions”, perhaps as they sit together for the first time in a long time, during the “STATE OF THE UNION” address, scheduled for January 25th, as usual, they will not see it as just another symbolic gesture, rather, will see it as an opportunity to say, “hey, we don’t have to be puppets for corporate lobby money any longer, no, we don’t need their filthy stolen money, money that most likely has blood on it’s hands, no, we will stand up for what is RIGHT for our constituents, you know, the PEOPLE who put us here to begin with, and we are going to break from the lock step environment, a toxic one at that, that Washington D.C. has now become equated with. Let us HOPE, in this “Year of HOPE” that is the case. Have a great day and week ahead, and may GOD continue to watch over Gabby and bring her to a full and utter recovery! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
January 17, 2011
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