“I bless You, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children” (Matthew 11:25).
What words can we offer to make sense of the senseless? What words can we offer to lift the cloud of meaninglessness from this moment? What words can we tolerate and allow to find a place in our hearts?
Mere words seem so empty! Mere words have a way of adding to the pain. And we find ourselves wanting to be swallowed up in silence.
Yet, we must try to offer comfort and support in some measure. We must endeavor to find words that are enfleshed and made real by our willingness — our earnest desire — to share the pain of one another as we grieve together.
Above all, our Faith calls us to look to that life-giving Word of God who became flesh in our midst, Jesus Christ, our Lord. This invitation comes in the words of Jesus Himself: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you” (Mt. 11:28).
These words are meant for…