I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.
He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well, then he looked for a crop of good grapes but it yielded only bad fruit.
“Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.
What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?
Now I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled.
I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on it.”
The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines he delighted in. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.
Isaiah 5: 1-7
Systemic Racism Affects Us All
“Systemic racism creates disparities in many ‘success indicators’ including wealth, the criminal justice system, employment, housing, health care, politics and education … factors like housing insecurity, the racial wealth gap, education and policing are intimately connected … the most heinous outcomes of over-policing that results ultimately in the loss of life … Racism is not a partisan issue … It’s a question of morality.”
Lord, help me to be more aware of all marginalized persons To move, speak, act and respond by following your perfect example, because sometimes I too, am unaware. Amen
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Benjamin Franklin