Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
This week our Bishop wrote his weekly reflection on the events and remembrances we have on 9/11. I wanted to share them with you and include them here. Blessings this week and always. Gary+
We see today's date and we stop and remember. Where were we when we heard the news? What stories did we hear or tell? What did we do on that day or the next or this one?
We come to 9/11 and stop and remember, but hopefully we also resolve in an intentional and incarnational way to be about God's transformation of this world into God's reign of peace, justice, and mercy. It's not enough to stop and remember, because we look around the world, we even look around our cities, and know that we are a long way from God's reign.
Our constant flow of information in this time can be paralyzing. We get this endless newsfeed of disasters and human cruelty, and one natural reaction is a bunker mentality. "The people in Syria may be suffering, but it's not coming to my neighborhood."
Of course, we as Christians are called to go a different way -- the way of the Cross. We are called to embrace the passion of our Lord. Simone Weil said, "Pain and suffering are a kind of false currency passed from hand to hand until they reach someone who receives them but does not pass them on." Because Jesus has taken away our fear, he calls us not to walk around those suffering but to embrace them and to assure them that God has promised God's children can live in peace.
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