Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
It’s so easy to be judge, jury and executioner, especially if you find yourself in a position of authority. I’m a retired teacher and I like to tell you of the times I made wise decisions and helped my students grow. I’m not too quick to tell you about the times I blew it. And there were many. I am shamed by these times and wish to forget them and hope no one ever finds out about them.
Last night I saw the powerfully moving movie Cesar Chavez. Having grown up in the 60’s I remember hearing about Chavez, and The United Farm Workers. I even remember not buying grapes, the non-violent means Chavez used to bring the growers to the table to work out a just wage for his Union. I didn’t know all the details, the struggles and pain on the part of workers and growers as well.
Daniel is such a great judge in our first reading today. My name is Daniel. I am moved by injustices when I see them, but like the growers, I make mistakes and need to recognize those before I’ll come to the table. Today’s psalm helps me remember. I need to say it often.
"Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage." Psalm 23:4
Dan O’Donnell is a Passionist Partner and a longtime friend of the Passionists. He lives in Chicago.