This Sunday (January 15) marks what would have been the 88th birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I am hoping that our youth have learned more about this man than merely the fact we get a day off from school or work and that the NBA usually has a number of afternoon games to capture that market.
In our parish, many of you have heard recordings of a few of his sermons (and we’re going to do this again in February – on a non-holiday weekend when fewer folks might be traveling). Some of you have read his writings. Many of you know how brilliant he was: possessing a doctorate in Systematic Theology from Boston University.
He was a pastor, first and foremost – a preacher who was the son and grandson of preachers. By choice and by act of Divine Providence, he was “catapulted into national prominence” as a leader and activist. I will not catalogue his life experiences as this is something you can certainly (and should) read up on your own. You know for what he stood and for what he died.
I just hope that this Sunday will be more than just the mid-point of a holiday weekend. Not to put down anyone’s profession, but I hope holiday sales events at local car dealerships do not become the identifying marker of an extraordinary life and martyr. God gave him a dream and I pray that one day we might truly live into that dream. If we have learned anything from the past few years, sadly, we have such a long trek ahead of us.