A Lesson of the Ages

Consider with me the interesting parallel of coverage on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the perspective Jesus gave regarding 2 particular tragedies in his day. In the Christian Science Monitor’s recent article, “NYC’s 9/11 Focus: new development” New York City Mayor Bloomberg is quoted.  He said, “The rebirth and revitalization of lower Manhattan will be remembered as one of the greatest comeback stories in American history.  And I believe it will state as our greatest monument to those we lost … how we channeled our pain into something positive and powerful.”

 The thirteen chapter of the gospel of Luke records Jesus commenting on the apparently unprovoked murder of a group of Galileans as they worshipped by Roman Governor Pilate and the collapse of the tower of Siloam killing 18 Jerusalemites.  Jesus asked if those events happened because those who died were sinners.  Answering his own question, he said “No.” He then spoke to his listeners, not against Pilate or poor construction of the tower, challenging them to turn to God.

 A lesson of the ages might be, not dwelling on fault, moving forward by following the positive, powerful good some know as God.

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