I think a lot of us are questioning – Why have we become such a violent people? We hear just about every week about another mass shooting, for many different reasons. Is this new – or do we just hear about it in real time now?
We have to admit that our nation was founded on violent treatment of other people: the First Americans, whose land this is; the violence of enslaving people for financial gain. Sometimes we hope that we are stepping away from that history. But at other times we see that it is very much a part of our fabric.
When our center moves more toward cruelty, there are those who are pushed over the edge and commit outrageous acts of violence. This we have seen twice in the past two weeks. We cry out in anguish – but little seems to change.
Ironic that these things have happened as we are in the last days of Lent, in our journey toward the cross. The last days of the journey – Holy Week – when Jesus was treated more and more violently, until his death on the cross. A death carried out by leaders, those authorized by the Empire. A violent response to one who preached peace, loving one another, doing good for one's neighbor.
We are followers not of the Empire, not of violence, but of the one upon whom violence was perpetrated. We are the people to carry on the word of peace, of loving one another, of doing good for one's neighbor. We are the people to reject the collective move toward cruelty, and to work to bring the nation to a more peaceful place. Not an easy task. But it is what we are called to.
Peace be with you................... Jeannie