It’s 49 years ago today that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. He remains in our memories as a young man, filled with passion for justice and dreams of reconciliation and harmony among all people. He would be 88 years old this year. 

As we move toward Holy Week to commemorate the sacred Passion of Jesus, the words of Martin Luther King are as challenging as ever:  “We need to pledge ourselves anew to the cause of Christ. . . Wherever the early Christians went, they made a triumphant witness for Christ. Whether on the village streets or in the city jails, they daringly proclaimed the good news of the gospel. . . With this powerful gospel we shall boldly challenge the status quo.