Today we are rocked by the news of another mass shooting, this time at an elementary school in Connecticut. Pained faces and frightened children appear on the computer monitor at our desks, the big-screen TVs in sports bars. The news crawl keeps repeating the bad tidings wherever we are. Where is God?
This week the Advent study SINGING MARY’S SONG reminds us that God came into the world as a human being, Jesus, at a particular moment in history, a moment chosen by God. Jesus brought the message that God loves us and is always present. Yet when a tragedy like this unfolds, the question hangs there: Where is God? Author John Stroman recalls getting news of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. A New York Times report described a Haitian pastor standing amid the rubble of his church and reassuring his listeners, “It seems like the Good Lord is hiding, but he’s here. He’s always here!”
But where? Where? we ask. The stories will begin to be told—of compassion and care for the people brought low by grief and anguish. That’s where we will find God—in the love and outreach of all who act to bring comfort and companionship to those who are hurting. Wherever you are, you can comfort one another by listening and loving. If children are around, be sensitive to their fears and sadness. This event will affect them. Here are some ways to respond to children’s fears and concerns: http://bit.ly/Y2up1q
Pray this prayer from today’s reading in SINGING MARY’S SONG: “God, we don’t believe you have forgotten us or are hiding. Your actions may be a mystery to us, but we believe your promise never to abandon us. Give us courage and wisdom to overcome anger with love, and evil with good. Amen.”