Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of a Loving God
My name is Jason Lebrun. I am currently a sophomore. For today’s prayer, I would like to tell you what it’s like growing up, as a young black man in America.
So then I was born. Born into a world with hatred, violence, judgment, labels, prejudices, and many more. However, my coming into the world is different from others. While growing up, I was taught at a young age to follow directions, do what you’re told, and don’t talk back. Seems normal for a parent to tell their kid growing up. However, I was given another set of directions to follow. This time it was more serious than ever. At a young age, I was taught to always respond to the police nicely and never with an attitude. To always finish my sentence with yes sir, use my manners, don’t give an attitude, and always be polite. As I was taught this, I didn’t really understand why I had to know this and perform this act but growing up, I soon realized that my mother was trying to protect my identity, which is a young black man in America.
George Floyd, Breona Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Yvette Smith, Tamir Rice, Shereese Francis, and more, and more, and more. These people lost their lives due to police brutality. These weren’t just people. They were also Americans. Americans that, also have rights just like anyone else, however, their lives were cut short because of the color of their skin. Seeing people like me dying due to police brutality on the news day after day after day, makes me realize, “Will I be next?” “Will I end up on a T-Shirt?” “When will this all end?” “When will we finally be equal to one another?” During Black History Month, we say their names who have lost their lives due to police brutality and who are failed by the justice system in America. We also take this month to realize the black excellence and the black culture that America likes to hold us down on. Black History Month shouldn’t be just once a month. It should be taught and educated for what all black people have done, not just in America, but for the world.
Let us pray. In chapter 12, verse 14 Hebrew it says “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord.” God made us in his own image, nor did he make a mistake creating us. He didn’t create one to be on top of another, but for one to love and care for each other.
Saint John Baptist De La Salle – Pray for us
Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever
Morning Prayer: February 18, 2022