March 13 MLK Reflection

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Today’s Quote from Dr. King:
The concept of the “beloved community” is central to Dr. King’s vision of the world he wanted to help create. Here are some of his thoughts on the topic.

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”

“There is another element that must be present in our struggle that then makes our resistance and nonviolence truly meaningful. That element is reconciliation. Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community.”

“The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of nonviolence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.”

“The aftermath of non-violence is the creation of the beloved community; the aftermath of non-violence is redemption and reconciliation. This is a method that seeks to transform and to redeem, and win the friendship of the opponent, and make it possible for men to live as brothers in a community.”

Link to more:
On April 7, 1957 , Dr. King preached a sermon entitled “Birth of a New Nation” that celebrated the independence of Ghana, the first country in Africa to get independence from colonial rule. The sermon also gives a passionate explanation of why non-violence is necessary to achieve reconciliation and bring about the beloved community. Here is a seven-minute clip from that sermon.

For Reflection and Prayer:

  • What do you think Dr. King means when he says we need “a qualitative change in our souls” in order to create the beloved community?
  • Pray that you may have a greater understanding of what it truly means to be reconciled with someone you have seen as your enemy.
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