These past 2 days, I have been fuming with anger over the horrible news of human massacre. Too loaded with horror and violence not to rage against the murderers, against those who lust for money and power. Not even the beast of beasts could despicably curtail such a number of human, precious children of God. It was demonic, wretched beyond words could describe. In my anger, i came across again with a section of Psalm 69:
Make their own table a snare for them,
a trap for their friends.
Make their eyes so dim they cannot see;
keep their backs ever feeble.
Pour out Your wrath upon them;
let the fury of your anger overtake them.
Make their camp desolate,
with none to dwell in their tents.
This may not be the most compassionate prayer one could pray. In fact, it is a very dangerous prayer. But it resonates with my anger and helplessness while acknowledging that on the human level, i want to see or hear the murderers and those complicit to the crime punished for the evil acts incurred. I can stay up to this acknowledgment only; no further violence is needed because really, the root of the problem is less political than spiritual. Spiritual not in the sense of the time-dyed Christian-Muslim rift but in the sense of the loss of a deeper, growing connection with the Sacred that religions try to codify, the connection with the Sacred who is the Source of human life commanding respect, the Sacred who beckons all beings into peace both interior and external and achievable only not through the lust for money and power but through self-forgetfulness and Christlike humility. The sense of a deeper, growing connection with the Sacred is my life’s deepest calling; the rest including political mobility are supplementals. When i return to this truth over and over, i move from anger to compassion. It falls to me like a dewdrop over my dry leaf of anger and despair, gentle as the truth that this video offers. Are you ready to be reminded again of our sacred calling in which world peace is anchored upon? Wish you could stay with this; it’s worth a compassionate remembrance both of the victims and their murderers.