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When to Speak Out

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don't be timid. Tell my people Israel, of their sins! (Isaiah 58:1)

Discussion

Are you silenced by seeing the horrors and the victory of the wicked?

Being silent when we should have opened our mouths is a grave sin. The world is full of injustice, oppression and murder. This is the time we have to collectively stand up and raise our voices. A collective and committed resistance for justice to the poor, oppressed and the weak will bear good results. The tormenters and culprits should be brought to justice and be punished, and it should be detrimental to the predators. It will boost to do good for the good.

In 1999, Jessica Lal, a model was shot dead when she had refused to serve an obnoxious customer in a bar in Delhi. Several party goers saw the murder and dozens watched as the killer fled. However, the accused, a son of a powerful politician of nearby Haryana State, was let off. The powerful family bribed and threatened the witnesses and paid off the police and evidence was lost. The court was responsible of letting a guilty man go free. After the acquittal, the fourth estate, the journalists got those who had been on the stand to admit the truth. They also helped to organize a candlelight protest at India Gate, the heart of New Delhi, where local citizens, Dilliwallahs, demanded "Justice for Jessica" and reform India's legal system. Shamed by the attention, the courts at last in 2006 convicted Manu Sharma, the accused, and sentenced him to life in prison.

Always stand for justice. Fight a good fight for truth. Don't withdraw from your cause due to any hostile situations.

"Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell" (Mathew 10 :28).

Prayer

Jesus, strengthen those who are standing for justice and let justice prevail at all times. Let the cry of innocents reach the gate of Heaven and may they be freed from their tormentors. All we ask in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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