Monday, June 30, 2014
In Mourning for Three Young Men and For All of Us.
Those of us who believe ourselves to be faithful, decent people need to raise our voices, not in cries of vengeance but in prayer and words of peace. We need to own up to the fact that we are creating a world so rife with violence that it is virtually unlivable for many of its inhabitants. We are failing at our mission to be God's viceroys and stewards on earth.
Three Jewish boys dead. Five Palestinians. Hundreds jailed. The rationalizations, the recriminations, the calls for revenge, the clamp-down, the resistance, the clamp-down on the resistance are soon to come. We can take the well-worn and easy route and spiral ever-downward or we can seek to climb the steep ladder that ascends to friendship and peace.
We do have choices. Every time we claim that we do not, we belittle the great gift of moral choice which is the common inheritance of all mankind. When we choose good, when we choose peace and compassion we honor that same gift.
Master of the World! Please help us give the world the comfort of our best choices.