On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with more than 250,000 listeners, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the speech that was the turning point in the Civil Rights movement and is considered one of the top ten speeches of the 20th century. Take the time and listen to it again. One of the most profound part of his dream was that people would not be judged by the color of their skin, but rather by the content of their character.
More than 50 years later and it seems that some still judge people by the color of their skin, not the content of their character. So often the content of a person’s character takes back seat in many ways – gender, immigration, religious beliefs, homosexuality, and on and on and on it goes.
Perhaps when we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., we should remember that our faith tells us that all of us are made in the image of God. Not some of us, all of us. From Pope Francis to the last homeless person you pass on the street, Jesus asks us to see Him in EVERYONE we encounter and to treat them as if they were Him. That was and still remains Jesus’ dream for all of us.