This past Sunday—Gaudete Sunday—we lit the pink candle on our Advent wreath and were called to rejoice because the Lord is near. Yet our rejoicing has been tempered with deep sadness over the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Words alone cannot soothe the pain of families whose loved ones were torn away from them. Words alone will never help us grasp what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But words are all we have--and potent words at that, for in addition to ordinary, human words, we have the living word of the Lord. So as we continue to pray for the people affected by this tragedy, let's hold onto these promises from our loving, merciful God:
• As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you. (Isaiah 66:13)
• I will be with you always. (Matthew 28:20)
• Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
May the Angels lead you into paradise;
May the martyrs greet you at your arrival
And lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem.
May the choir of Angels greet you and like Lazarus,
Who once was a poor man,
May you have eternal rest.