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It is Easter Sunday and I felt apt to take a pause and to reflect on the hope that I professed I hold. Another round of attacks in a supposed safe haven earlier this week shook me and I grieved for such violent trampling of another's comfort zone. While Brussels occupies my thought this week, I would like to also express my sympathy and support for those in Turkey, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Somalia, and elsewhere who have been affected by recent terrorist attacks. I'm heartbroken by your suffering, and I stand with you.
In painful moments when the message of hope, peace and love get thrown around in a supposed holy week, it can really sting the ones in suffering. In his book, the problem of pain, CS Lewis said it well. “We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Now that peaceful existence has been painfully shattered, the faith that I professed rouse me to think and to act.
Christ's final journey to the cross takes him through the heart of darkness as he was sold out for a few pieces of silver, saw one of his closest friend disregard everything that he has said about loving your enemy and sliced a guy's ear off, got stuck in a political ping pong game when bureaucrats tried to stick charges on him but did not want full responsibility, he was bullied, tortured and in the end hung outside to die. All Christ ever did was love and give the masses hope in a world engulfed by Roman superiority. The injustice that he received is a showcase of the depravity and violence human beings are capable of. That hatred was triumphed over by forgiveness ultimately birthed from a deep deep love. Forgiveness was on his lips even as he was breathing his last and suddenly, the oppressors themselves were set free from the chains of hatred as well.
Today, the sheer barbarity of Islamist militants certainly managed to start striking fear in the hearts of many, suddenly nowhere seems to be that safe anymore. As many are trying to make sense of the senseless murder, I think it is important that we do not give way to hatred. They can take away everything, but not our capacity to love, to hope and to build peace. The horrors and hope more than 2000 years ago can and should be connected to horrors and hope of today. As I remembered the violence that Christ went through, I remembered the violence the unfortunate ones face today. As The Lord's resurrection brought about a triumph over evil through non violent means, may we too, bring about a movement of life in remembrance of both the events of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.
If you are around Brussels, go offer your support. It is the heart of the European Union and hosts the EU parliament. it is currently closed for visits due to heightened security alert but I think tourist should also make it a point to be there to stand in solidarity and to show that we are unafraid of their ideology. This is the main area.
On the walls of the visitor center, you will see pictures that characterize the generations and important events in the world. When our time comes to be judged by the future generation, I hope that it will be a picture of peace.
To my readers, Happy Easter Sunday. See you next week!