In Sacred Scripture, God tells us “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” (Jeremiah 1-5). This is true. God created each one of us, and every person is unique and valuable to God. He has a special plan for each of our lives. He knows what he made us to be.
Because God made each individual person, we should treat each person with human dignity. We are responsible for taking care of our bodies and minds and using them to do good things. We are called to be kind to others and solve problems peacefully instead of fighting. If we see someone being disrespected, we are called to speak up and defend him or her and get help if necessary. It is our responsibility to protect others because every life is important to God.
Each and every one of us is created in the image and likeness of God and is equally precious in the eyes of the Lord. He wants all of us, not just some of us, to be with Him forever. Every person is His child, so we are all brothers and sisters.
Sons and daughters of every nation will make up the family of Heaven. On earth, we are called to love one another; we are reminded that people of every nation and cultural group are equal in dignity. And, as Pope Francis has said: “The Son of God became incarnate in the souls of men to instil the feeling of brotherhood. All are brothers and all children of God.” To treat anyone, person or group, as less than fully equal to ourselves is a sin, Racism divides the human family and goes against God’s plan to make us all one family.
Racism has a terrible history in the world. What we have seen and witnessed on our television news reports is shocking and a wake-up call for us all. It is our responsibility as Catholics to advocate for changes that allows everyone an opportunity to achieve their goals in school or in the workplace. Our diversity as humans means that every person brings his or her own God-given gifts to the world and deserves a chance to share them. Inequalities in schools and workplaces contradict the equal dignity of all God’s children and do not contribute to the common good. Therefore, the Catholic Church and her members are called to raise awareness and end these sinful inequalities.
If you have been a victim of racism, may the Lord bless you and keep you safe.