My Thoughts on the Recent Colorado Massacre
When my own suffering was over (or almost) our school had a vigil for the victims at Columbine High. We held candles, sang songs and prayed together. In a moment of clarity, I got up to speak (not something I would typically do). I said, in essence, that we are all to blame for this tragedy. Each time we failed to be kind, to pray, to reach out to those around us, we failed those shooters at Columbine and their victims. My remarks seemed to land with a thud on the crowd and I felt embarrassed that I had even said it.
However, from that day on, every time one of these horrific events has occurred, my thoughts always return to that vigil and those words that came out of my mouth and this is no exception.
Somehow, I believe, we are all responsible for these terrible outbreaks of evil. Yes, this twenty-four year old man will have to face his own sinfulness. He made the ultimate choice to kill, but some person failed this man because some person failed that person who failed him and some person failed that person. Eventually I can trace it back to me.
This event in Colorado, and others like it, are a reminder to me to get back on my knees and beg the Lord for forgiveness for my own sins and failures. It is a call of repentance and a reminder for me to strive for holiness because that too has its effect on the world.