Reflecting upon today’s readings, I cannot help but be reminded about how quickly our society has been distracted from many of the social justice issues we’ve faced over the past few years.
We have become distracted by sideshows and politics.
Suddenly, the police shootings have become invisible.
Suddenly, we have forgotten about all those who have come to our country seeking a better life, and the fact that this country was built on those people’s backs.
Suddenly, the lack of access to education and healthcare for many in our communities seems unimportant.
We have become caught up by the circus and its’ ringmaster.
“Take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.” (Deut. 4:9)
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This part of the reading really speaks to me. It tells me that the truth is the truth no matter who chooses to believe it or speak it; it remains the truth. Injustice must not be forgotten, we must remember that we are a broken society that needs healing, and we cannot be distracted by the fanfare or the rhetoric of those that use it to distract us from the real work at hand.
Let us continue to be the voice for those that do not have a voice, as Jesus was for the voiceless when he walked among us.
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Jose Osuna is director of External Affairs at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California. Osuna oversees communications, marketing, community outreach, and public and government relations at Homeboy, the largest gang-intervention program in the country. He first came to Homeboy as a trainee and has emerged as a leader. Previously gang-involved since the age of 10, Osuna served 13 years in prison and suffered the death of a son killed by gun violence. His experience is the driving force behind his work at Homeboy.