The Third Sunday

Much of the joy of this season of “waiting” disappeared on Friday morning. For 20 sets of parents and the loved ones of the six adults killed, this is now a season of mourning. For the brother of the shooter, he will mourn his mother and brother. In these types of instant and unexpected deaths, there is no “closure” only the pain that will exist throughout a lifetime. The immediate grief will give way to a pain-of-loss over time, but we never really “get over it.” None of us will. We need to put one foot in front of the other. Knowing why some one did something so horrific does nothing to replace the empty chair at the kitchen table. It just provides us with a false distance from the events. “Since this is not me, I am disconnected from it (the act and the perpetrator of the act). But we cannot allow the healing time gap to keep us from action, whatever positive action that may be, we must take it. When we grieve there is no right nor left nor red nor blue nor yes nor no, just human beings caught up in the same event touching us in different ways. It is of little concern that some religious “leaders” will blame this (and other events, natural or man made) on a lack of devotion to God. Such blame assumes they know the content of all the hearts they condemn.  Their blame, then, becomes arrogant and misleading. We as humans have a unique nature that can reject love or accept love. Unlike other creatures on this planet we can actually choose to act contrary to our nature. I believe our nature as humans is to love and allow ourselves to be loved.  I can’t prove it, but it is the only thing that makes sense to me. Since love is a choice, an invitation, we can refuse it and live in the coldness that is the domain of the unloved. Or we can choose love and bask in the collective warmth that is us. It is a heavy nature, but made light knowing that a God loves us, no matter what. We cannot make God angry nor can we make him happy, because God is love and that’s it. To live as authentic human beings is to live in that love and give it away to others. It’s a gift we must give away. This advent season of 2012 has been damaged but not lost. We pick up the pieces of goodness and move always forward in grace.

For today, we remember the victims-they all had names

  • Charlotte Bacon, 6
  • Daniel Barden, 7
  • Rachel Davino, 29
  • Olivia Engel, 6
  • Josephine Gay, 7
  • Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
  • Dawn Hochsprung, 47
  • Dylan Hockley, 6
  • Madeleine Hsu, 6
  • Catherine Hubbard, 6
  • Chase Kowalski, 7
  • Jesse Lewis, 6
  • James Mattioli, 6
  • Grace McDonnell, 7
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52
  • Emilie Parker, 6
  • Jack Pinto, 6
  • Noah Pozner, 6
  • Caroline Previdi, 6
  • Jessica Rekos, 6
  • Avielle Richman, 6
  • Lauren Russo, 30
  • Mary Sherlach, 56
  • Victoria Soto,27
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6
  • Allison Wyatt, 6

Belief in Angels is rooted in Jewish tradition, which regarded them as a manifestation of the presence of God. The word “angel” comes from the


Greek meaning “messenger.” All the angels talked about in scripture have names. The church teaches that angels are created beings (not mini gods)…they are personal (not simple “forces”)…and that they do not have a material body. People find comfort in knowing that there are created beings who can use their powers to help them, and that there are “guardian angels” to watch our every step. This is comforting in a way especially during this time. 20 new angels are on the job now to watch over their families and us. It is through their love, the love they learned as children growing up that things are perfected. The world was still new. Knowledge about amazing things still captured their imagination…the world was full of possibilities for them. This Sunday, today, I hope that the love of these new angels can begin the healing of their loss to their families. I hope that the grieving time is short so that the mourning will not devastate and cripple.

Today’s reading comes from Luke (Lk 3:10-18)

The crowds asked John the Baptist,
“What should we do?”
He said to them in reply,
“Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person who has none.
And whoever has food should do likewise.”

Rise up! Say a prayer! Go forth and love today!

and so it goes…