He Showed Them His Wounds

By The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
Union Chapel Service: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Her name was Sandra Parks. When she was in the sixth grade she wrote an award-winning essay in her school’s districts Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest. She wrote of the traumatic wounds she endured in her Milwaukee neighborhood as she described a world where “little children are victims of senseless gun violence.”   Two years after writing that essay, 13-year-old Sandra Parks was killed in November 2018 when a stray bullet fired from a gun on her street entered her house and into her bedroom where she was watching television.
Her name was Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin. She was loved by her mother, father, grandparents and the people of her small town in Guatemala. As a Q’eqhi Mayan, she suffered from wounds of extreme poverty and violence of drug wars. Seven-year-old Jakelin died on December 8, 2018, in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol as she and her father were seeking a place of safety, freedom and, life
His name was Nigel Shelby.  His mother says he was a “vibrant, outgoing and fun-loving 15-year-old who would do anything he could to make others smile. He suffered from the wounds of the incessant anti-gay bullying he endured at his Huntsville Alabama high school.  On April 18, 2019, he died from suicide.
There is something about the wounds. Our gospel reading for this service during this second week of Easter is rich with meaning from locked doors of fears, to


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