Today we hear the psalmist joyfully proclaim, “The Lord speaks of peace to his people. Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven.” I so desperately hold onto these words today, as I so desperately want this vision to become a reality.
I want kindness and truth to meet in all places where decisions are made, policies created, and mission statements are formulated. I want justice and peace to kiss so that the spaces where hatred and bigotry run rampant dissipate. I desire a kiss of justice and peace to radiate in all situations where it seems impossible, but so necessary.
A global pandemic, a presidential election, and a prominent uncovering of white supremacy has me feeling a deep longing for the psalmist to come back and to shout this message from the mountaintop.
I am yearning for a confident voice to proclaim a message revealing that truth will exude from the earth, from the created matter of our loving God.
I am seeking an optimistic voice to ensure that justice will look down from heaven and inspire humanity to embrace it fully, willingingly.
I am longing for a voice that ensures that the Lord of love, justice, kindness, truth, and peace will guide me, comfort me and empower me as I navigate my role in this world.
I pause to ask myself as I yearn, seek, and long for the voice of another if I am being that voice? As I wait for someone else, am I failing to use my own voice?
I so deeply appreciate the poetic nature of the psalms for the beauty, hope, and emotion. But, I would be remiss to fail to admit how much the language of the psalms challenges me. I so often vibe with what is being emoted in a psalm, but I often struggle with the translation of it into my own life.
It is easy to admire a psalm, but not as easy to embody the message wholeheartedly.
It is my prayer today that I can embody this psalm authentically, excitedly, and hopefully so that I can be an advocate and voice for kindness, truth, justice, and peace through the things I post, the conversations I start, and the one-one-one dialogues I have as a theology teacher, friend, sister, daughter, and Catholic. I pray you will join me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sadie Curtin is a high school theology teacher who finds herself most invigorated by LGBTQIA+ equity, racism, and the profound beauty of world religions. She finds joy in taking long walks with friends, reading a thought-provoking memoir, and trying to find the best pizza in Cleveland. She loves to dive deep into issues of social justice and would love to engage in conversation with you! Find more about her here.