Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Lord,
It just seems to keep happening—another mass killing, this time in Orlando, Florida.
There is much pain, grief, and sorrow. Last Sunday, after the morning Mass, I was asked why I did not talk about or mention the Orlando Massacre. Was it because it was at a "gay bar?" No, it was not because it was a gay bar, but because the facts were just coming out. However, it was on my mind and in my prayers.
These mass killings just keep happening. As people of faith, what do we do, how do we react? Turning to the life of Jesus as a guide for life; In Jesus, we see a life free from hypocrisy, a life full of love and grace, a life full of wisdom and hope. Jesus calls us to love our enemies, not to seek revenge, but to value all life. I once heard a Pastor challenging his congregation shortly after 9/11 by saying, "You've never locked eyes with anyone who doesn't matter to God. Jesus goes painfully out of his way to make sure everyone knows that every life and every soul matters."
"Our doors are Open Wide"-that is the motto of this Church. We, the people of Holy Family, throw open our doors and mourn with those who mourn. Let us do whatever we can to comfort those affected by this massacre and prevent another one by doing what we do best, being the hands and feet of Jesus.
In the peace of Christ,
Fr. Mike Gabriel
Holy Family Parish
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