February 19, 2021
My Friday reflections will focus on fasting and abstinence; however, I want to reflect on fasting and abstinence through a different lens – fasting and abstaining from white supremacy and racism. I know that this is not the traditional meaning of fasting and abstinence, but anti-racism work is an important part of social justice, and Lent is the ideal time for us to reform our ways.
My apologies to my BIPOC* sisters and brothers to whom this doesn’t apply, but we white people have work to do to dismantle systemic racism and white supremacy. There are many factors of white supremacy and racism that need to be addressed, and I can’t address all of them; however, there are individual things that we each can do to overcome them. By doing anti-racism work, we can uphold the belief that all people are created in God’s image. As Lilla Watson so eloquently said, “If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
Dear God, you challenge us to recognize that our liberation and salvation are bound up with all of our sisters and brothers. Help us to strengthen our relationship with your Son this Lent as we journey toward healing. Amen.
Bill has been a member of the Shrine since returning to Atlanta in 2010, along with his Mom Ann Emery, his sister Mary Wiley, and his nephew Ian Wiley. He has been volunteering with St. Francis Table for about 9 years and helps to coordinate the volunteers and kitchen crew. He is also an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and helps count the Sunday collection on the second Sunday of the month after the 8:30 Mass (when we were worshiping in person).
These reflections are meant to challenge us in our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.
* Black, Indigenous, and People of Color