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Letter from the Editor

Naomi Kim
 

Dear reader,

 

How is this already the last letter I’m writing as Editor-in-Chief of Cornerstone? I don’t even know how to begin. So much has happened in my life, in this country, in this world, since the day I led my first meeting. So much has happened in this year alone. 

 

Where do we even start? COVID-19. Racial injustice. Campus shutdowns. Economic uncertainty. California fires. Rampant conspiracy theories. Our newspaper headlines and social media feeds make it starkly apparent that we are in terrible need of healing—not just from the pandemic and its socio-economic impacts, but also from racism, partisan politics, misinformation. The list is endless. 

 

So what do we do? We lament. Socially distance. Vote. Wear masks. Protest. Pray. And here at Cornerstone, we have also tried to create: to write, to make art, to build a community as best we can. Our efforts over the past few months, by God’s grace, have culminated in this Spring 2021 issue, “Healing.” 

 

Healing. I am not Catholic, but that word always reminds me of a line from Catholic liturgy that I have always found deeply moving. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. These words remind us that we need healing, and they remind us that we have a healer who freely offers an unmerited balm of love and grace. 

 

The words themselves are drawn from Matthew 8, in which Jesus heals a Roman centurion’s servant. Jesus was certainly no stranger to sickness or sorrow or suffering during His life and ministry.  So many of the Gospel stories tell of Jesus healing the sick, and He himself endured not only the pain of crucifixion but also the sting of betrayal. But through His death and resurrection, He heals us of the stain of sin and gives us new life. And in this broken world, we are called to participate in God’s healing work—to confront sins both personal and collective, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to do justice and love mercy and walk humbly.

 

In the following pages, our writers have responded to the theme of “healing” in a number of ways. Claire Lin uses the lens of medical anthropology to reflect upon Jesus as the Great Physician. Karis Ryu draws on the story of the martyr Stephen to urge us toward love and justice. Melanie Kim reminds us that God’s assurances are a salve to an unsettled, unhappy heart. Reader, I hope you’ll join me in thanking the staff for their hard work! And to all our Cornerstone members, old and new: I cannot tell you how important you all have been to my college experience. Thank you for your fellowship and for all the good times. Thank you for always orienting me back to our wounded healer.

 

Lord, we are not worthy that you should enter under our roofs, yet you sent us the Word to dwell among us, and by His wounds, we are healed.

 

One last time, yours truly,

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Naomi Kim is a senior at Brown studying English.

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