Why a short article this month? For one, there is a lot happening in the church and I want to leave plenty of room for that information. But more importantly, I write this as our nation mourns yet another tragedy in which the lives of young people and those charged with protecting and educating them have been stolen in a senseless act of violence.
I write this as we are at the very beginning of Lent, a season in which we’re called to reflect on the ways we have failed to live up to our high calling in Christ Jesus. With the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I believe this Lent calls us as a nation to reflect on the failure to protect the youth, educators, and staff in our schools and other such places that should be places free from any form of violence.
The students directly affected by this most recent attack have been mobilized to do something. That something is to organize a national march and demonstration calling for action to prevent gun violence. They say, “We’re marching because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters, it’s concerts, it’s nightclubs. This kind of stuff can’t just happen. You know, we are marching for our lives, we’re marching for the 17 lives we lost. And we’re marching for our children’s lives and our children’s children and their children.”
No matter what stand you may take on gun rights, can we all agree that something must be done? To march on the 24th is to tell our legislators that action must be taken. We don’t want to cry “How long, O Lord, how long?” anymore.
Peace, shalom, paix, salaam, heiwa,