“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

As this day comes to an end, my prayers are with the families and friends of those who lost loved ones 12 years ago in New York. My family will never forget your husbands, fathers, sons, wives, mothers, daughters, relatives, friends, and co-workers who died on 9/11. You are not alone, you are in our hearts. May God bless you and may he comfort you today and every day.

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Blessed are you that weep now

“Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh.” (Luke 6:21)

On the 12th anniversary of 9/11, today’s scriptures remind us that there is strength in mourning.  As with the waters of baptism, tears of mourning bury the old and raise the new.

Mourning helps us to “seek the things that are above” to “put to death…immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire.” and to “put on…compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience…forgiving each other…and over all these put on love, which binds everything together.” (Col 3: 1, 5, 12, 14)

As we mourn on this day, let us come together to reassure each other that Evil never has the final word, Christ does.