Lots of gratitude today. Gratitude for the inauguration, when we demonstrate to ourselves and to the world that democracy continues to be a worthwhile path. Gratitude for the ceremony, the music, the address – which was more homily than speech; and for the benediction offered by Luis Leon, an old friend and who was a priest and colleague in this diocese (as Rector of St. Paul’s Paterson from 1982-1988).
And a deep and abiding gratitude for the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom the country honors today, whose legacy was mentioned more than once during the inauguration; whose unyielding challenge to injustice has made so much justice possible; and whose prophetic vision – drawn from the scriptures, still rings in the country’s soul.