Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our source of hope!

It’s with a truly heavy heart that I write to you once again in the wake of a mass shooting. This time, we are reminded that even the most sacred spaces in our lives are not outside the reach of evil. As we at Saint Michael celebrated the Feast of All Saints’, at least 26 of our sisters and brothers in Christ were senselessly murdered at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. As we prayed yesterday, may these saints attain God’s eternal joy.

My friends, I am exhausted by this, as I’m sure you are, too. How often do we have to hear such tragic news? Our world seems to be in such turmoil that we can easily lose hope without the faithful anchor of Christ in our lives.

Yesterday, I reminded us all that Jesus offered us a different world: “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you… Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven (Mt 5:11-12).” His words of blessing don’t make sense to us until we experience something so horrible that we truly know our only help is in the name of the Lord. Today we remember that God may give us more than we can handle on our own, but thanks be to God we are never alone, for He walks with us every step of the way.

We are an Easter people, a resurrection people. Not every life will have a happy ending, yet in Christ, we know that this life is not the end of our story. God has begun a good work in us and that work continues beyond this life into life eternal. May God bless those whose lives were so tragically cut short. May God bless each one of you. And may God bless this world, that we may spread the peace that passes all understanding, illuminating the darkness with the light of Christ.

The Reverend Dr. Christopher D. Girata

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