“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Dr Martin Luther King
I was intrigued to hear this favourite quote linked, in a recent conversation, with Einstein’s theory of relativity and its application to satellite navigation that depends on differences in relative space and time calculations for accuracy.
As I revisit the Mount of Transfiguration, where Jesus converses with Elijah and Moses, three disciples are witness to a 1000 year segment of the span of the moral universe as discerned through Hebrew history and tradition and culminating in Jesus as the Christ.
MLK’s quote is often taken out of context when applied to justify political expediency. King’s vision was firmly oriented through the lens of the Christian vision of the kingdom of God, of shalom, the reign of justice in terms of love of God, neighbour, self and cosmos.
He too had been to the mountaintop and was clear on what he had seen.