:: Sunday, September 11, 2005 ::
If you're of a Catholic bent, today's scripture readings (First Reading: Sirach 27:30-28:7, Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12, Second Reading: Romans 14:7-9, and Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35) dealt with foregivness. While the priest at the mass I went to decided not to exercize this option, I'm sure that there were more than a few homilies today dedicated to the forgiveness of those who attacked us four years ago. Recent events, though, seem to have lessened the immediacy of that take on the scriptures. The attacks themselves recieved only one mention during the mass I was at; the devastation in Louisiana and the Gulf region occupied more of our attention. Personally, I think that's as it should be - Katrina directly affected more people than those planes did, and our country will probably take much longer to deal with the aftermath. I'm not saying that forgiving isn't important - it is, and especially in the case of September 11th you should have by now (if you're not currently working on that issue). However, rather than rub salt on old wounds by continuing to memorialize a single attack on our soil, we should be moving on to deal with our nation and our world as it is now, and it looks like we are. We can't do much anymore about what happened on September 11th, 2001, but we definitely can help deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
:: The Squire 10:39 PM :: email this post :: ::