We're not alone. Bombs also went off in Iraq and Somalia and Afghanistan and Yemen and Pakistan yesterday, but this one was on our peaceful streets on a joyful day - the most joyful day of the year in Boston. It was Patriot's Day. The Red Sox play early and they won in a walk-off! And it was the Marathon with all the traditions that come along with it. The calm and peace was shattered in the span of just a few minutes of chaos; a few minutes of terror.
We might also ask those familiar questions of why? Why did this happen? Why is there this evil in our world? Why didn't God stop it? Where was God?
Pope Francis, in a message to the people of Boston, "invokes God’s peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response." And he reminded us during this difficult moment, "that all Bostonians be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good (cf. Rom 12:21), working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come."
And He is inviting us to speak with Him; to speak His words that He places in our hearts - to speak them loudly to the world so it will know that terror will not define or change us; that anger will not become our way of life; that vengeance will not be what defines us; that we will not let a moment of evil change who our God calls us to be.
May The Lord bless us. May He bring those who lost their lives quickly to Himself. May he comfort those who are in pain and grief. And may He at long last establish us in peace.