In the crowds I witnessed in the videos and photographs from the Capitol earlier this month, one sign emerged among the others: “Jesus 2020.” In a scene of absolute terror—a movement spurned in hate and violence—“Jesus 2020” rose. But not as a beacon of hope and love—as a contorted calling card for the oppressors. I felt all the air leave my body. Fear creeps in. So we ask ourselves, where is God?
Even in moments of great turmoil, I still try, though it proves difficult, to find God in all things. In my search, I ask the age-old question, “If Jesus walked the Earth today, where would I find him?” And, what’s more, “How would I follow him?” These questions are not those meant to instill passive waiting, but to incite immediate action. Jesus would be found with the marginalized, teaching the ways of truth and light. As our anticipation and anxiety swells, we must continue to see ourselves as humans created by God, humans created to love one another, humans who are called to justice.
In this week’s readings, we see the Lord call to us. Let me be clear: any person, place, or action that is harmful to another is not from God. The Lord does not call us toward hate nor toward separation. The Lord calls us toward liberation and toward solidarity. For the Lord is love. How are we hearing Him? How are we listening? And, perhaps most importantly, how will we come to do His will?
Caitlin Wright considers herself an aficionado for all things Jesuit. After graduating from Creighton University (Go Jays!) in 2017 with a degree in English, Spanish, and Legal Studies, Caitlin completed a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Brooklyn, NY. She continues to reside in Brooklyn and works as an immigration counselor at Catholic Migration Services, a not-for-profit organization that provides legal aid to migrants in Brooklyn and Queens. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys going to Broadway shows, singing with the schola at the Church of St. Francis Xavier, and finding the best bagels New York has to offer.