The Common Good

Even More Will Be Expected

Dear President-elect Obama,

You have been given a wonderful opportunity to help and heal America and the world. Thank you for using your gifts so well. "When a man has had a great deal given him on trust, even more will be expected of him" (Luke 12:48), says Jesus. We ask you to do truth and to do justice, especially for the outsiders, the poor, and the voiceless. To do this well, we ask you to let go of any concern for a second term, and leave that future to God and to grace.

Richard Rohr, OFM is a Sojourners contributing editor, the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the author, most recently, of Things Hidden: Scripture As Spirituality (2008).

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