Daily Meditation for March 30, 2010

by Eunice Antony, OSB

This week the Christian churches observe Holy Week and reflect on the non-violent Jesus who
told Peter in the garden, “Put your sword into its sheath. Shall I not drink the cup that is given to me?” (John 18:11)On Wednesday of Holy Week, March 31, we observe the birth of another man, César Chavez, who chose to live and work for justice in a non-violent way. Chavez, a Mexican-American, saw and experienced the plight of farm workers in the California grape and lettuce fields. He worked tirelessly through non-violent means from 1962 to 1977 to bring justice to the voiceless and hope to the suffering. Chavez is quoted as saying: “Non-violence is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win. There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.” This week we gratefully celebrate the victory of non-violence in and through both Jesus and Chavez, and pray for the grace of non-violence in our own hearts.