by Mike Stavlund
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:21-30
For Sunday, February 3, 2013: Year B—Epiphany 4
There has been some debate recently over the holiday that honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and whether such recognition of Dr. King tends to minimize and domesticate his powerful prophetic message. When our President lays his hand on Dr. King’s Bible to take the oath of office, are we in a way imagining that the wide-reaching social and ethical agenda of Dr. King has somehow been completed?
Are we using his (truncated) message to endorse widely-accepted government agendas? Instead, should our truth-tellers—ancient, modern, and in-between—be kept in a distinct category of “prophet”, such that we can always feel the heat and fury of their insights? Instead of venerating their relics, should we burn them so that their fiery message will remain pure? [Read more...]