On this day as we remember 9/11, let us continue to pray for the victims, the perpetrators of this human atrocity, and for all their families. Even after 15 years since New York City experienced this tragedy and the US and even the world shook under its impact, we feel the pain of needless death. As people of Christian faith we do know, however, that there are no easy answers to moments like 9/11.
What we experienced in this country on 9/11 happens all over the world all too often. Human sin is certainly a major part of the violence we inflict upon each other. But, injustice, hopelessness, and despair also affect us and lead us to do the absolutely wrong thing. There are no easy answers to the human violence all around us and sometimes even within us.
What is true, though, is that we are all children of God -- victim, perpetrator, oppressor, oppressed, those who die and those who live, the sinful and the righteous. While the families of those who died on 9/11 continue to grieve and find their way forward, and the families of the perpetrators also grieve and bear their own struggles, God holds all of them and all of us in God's own heart.
I believe that God's heart yearns for us to return to God's own hope in our creation....
that we live in peace with God and with each other,
a peace born of God's own justice,
a justice grounded in divine love,
a love that excludes no one.
On this day may we commit to return to God's hope for humanity as we pray and work for God's own loving justice, which alone leads to peace.
Your sister in Christ,
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño