Down is easier than up. Maybe that’s because we’re bodily creatures obedient to the pull of Earth’s gravity. We also feel the pull of emotional and spiritual gravity. Complacency is easier than creativity. Ruts may be boring, but they’re more comfortable than risks. After we fail, it’s far easier to give up than to get up and try again. Hatred and vengeance are easier than forgiveness and mercy, and violence is easier than the slow, painstaking work of active resistance to evil. Tragically, because of our nation’s history, making war is easier—and more familiar—than making peace. Down is easier than up. Still, in this new year, Isaiah, Jesus and Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., call us to climb high mountains where we can dream of justice, equality and freedom, and then come back down to earth and stand shoulder to shoulder with our sisters and brothers to make those dreams real.
by Mara Faulkner, OSB