Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Love Transcends: Remembering 9/11

Christ is among us. 
He is and always will be.

September 11th (9/11) marks that tragic day in our history when the enemies of God, men of hatred and evil doers, attacked the United States of America, killing thousands of innocent human beings and wounding several others. How is this activity demonstrative of love of neighbor!? Every Muslim throughout the world should decry and condemn this activity. Every Imam should raise their voice against such atrocities against life. No religious history that promotes such violence is something to be proud of in the least.

"If someone says, 'I love God,' but at the same time hates his brother, he is a liar" 1 John 4: 20.

In every corner of the earth we see fighting among people. We fight because we do not look the same, have the same skin color, share the same religion, agree on the same politics, etc. But does this behavior make any sense? 

We share one thing in common among us, our humanity. We have to learn how to be human again. We have to learn how to be human in the face of plurality and diversity so we can willingly co-exist. Our common link is our common humanity. Each human being has the option to love. We can choose to love our neighbor and exist in peace. This is not a pipe dream or milestone, it is possible if we want to individually make a difference so that collectively we learn to consciously see beyond the chains of hatred, envy, jealousy, discrimination, inequality, color, culture, etc...

May we learn to forgive so we can have peace in our hearts.

Today we remember all the victims of 9/11 and their families, we remember the countless people that helped bring healing during this period of tragedy and we remember the innumerable firefighters that gave their lives in the service of their fellow men and women. 

The love of neighbor transcended the tragedy of 9/11 and the evil perpetrated by radicals and terrorists. Love conquered and the United States of America is a stronger Nation because of it. 

For all those that have fallen asleep in the Lord we pray: 

+ Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. 
May their souls, and souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, 
rest in peace. +

May their memory be eternal.

Old Roman Catholic Church
A Western Orthodox Christian Church

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