As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11 we remember with great sadness the thousands who died and suffered in the horrendous events of that morning and their families whose lives have been scarred by the tragedy.
As is often the case, out of our grief and mourning emerged a sense of unity and singleness of purpose that enabled the healing process to begin. We wept together, we prayed together and we reached out to one another in love and compassion.
Sadly that sense of unity and singleness of purpose has been shattered by time and love and compassion has given way to anger and suspicion and our nation united has become a nation divided.
America is once again in a time of crisis, not brought about by external forces but by internal ones. Our national leaders seem unable to move beyond self-interest, blame and accusation to unite for the good of our country and the world.
Not only as a nation, but as individuals we must pray and strive for peace in our world. Jesus’ promise, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matt 5:9), was meant for each one of us. World peace can only exist when each of us has peace in our hearts, when we live in peace with our brothers and sisters.
We pray that our leaders will come together and shape a vision that all can share. America is a great nation and we need to once again become a light to the world as a “peaceable kingdom” where the wolf will lie down with the lamb…. and the calf and the lion will browse together. (Cf. Isaiah 11:1-10)
Only then can we hope for a nation and a world where people live in peace with one another and the dream of global peace can become a reality.
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