By Jocelyn Sideco
I know, everybody on this island seems so happy on this island
Everything is by design
I know, everybody on this island has a role on this island
So maybe I can roll with mine
I can lead with pride, I can make us strong
I’ll be satisfied if I play along
But the voice inside sings a different song
What is wrong with me?
See the light as it shines on the sea it’s blinding
But no one knows, how deep it goes
And it seems like it’s calling out to me, so come find me
And let me know, what’s beyond that line, will I cross that line?
Moana, a true hero, restores life to a dying planet by simply having the courage of taking her curiosity to where it matters — to the heart of the hurt, the pain, the suffering. She speaks to the most hurt and says, “I have crossed the horizon to find you / I know your name / I may have stolen the heart from inside you / But this does not define you / This is not who you are / You know who you are”
I am practically speechless as I witness what we as a nation have done. I am empowered to let the death of the past overcome me so that the newness of resurrection can jar me out of the resentment, pain and suffering of what could have been but was not realized.
Through the very act of calling love out of myself, out of one another, I want to experience this resurrection in new ways with new people in new communities where, yes, we may have to rebuild, restructure, re-imagine what new life for all — Christian and other-than-Christian communities alike — could and will look like
As the cast of “Hamilton,” contemplates Alexander Hamilton’s opportunity to participate in the construction of a new way of living together, the cast sings, Rise up! / When you’re living on your knees, you rise up / Tell your brother that he’s gotta rise up / Tell your sister that she’s gotta rise up.”
Let us listen to the new narrative that is based on an orientation to the original truth, reset to love deeply and more, and act to restore our faith in one another. Let us all rise up!
Originally published on National Catholic Reporter’s Young Voices blog about the resurrection our country and our world needs.