One year ago today the bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. And on this past Sunday as Christians celebrated, waving palm branches, the passion was played out at a Kansas Jewish Community Center and a Jewish Retirement home. But what irony! Visceral hatred of the Jews resulted in the slaying of three Christians. “That they all might be one, Father, as you are in me and I am in you…”
Another week. Another shooting. Everyone agrees there is much more good in the world than evil . Countless untold stories of people helping people every day never make the headlines. But it doesn’t take much gasoline to spoil a glass of fresh drinking water. And the truth is, we don’t need the newspaper, radio or internet to tell us there is pain in the world. As good as any day is, if we are honest we have to acknowledge that we bump up against injustice, the oppressive nature of one group’s privilege over another group’s needs. Sometimes the drops of evil are a downpour.
Ecuador is in the midst of a controversy. In the pristine Yasuni National Park in the Amazon pressure is being brought to bear to drill for oil in what is believed to be an oil-rich area. Environmentalists are up in arms. They have collected enough signatures to call for a referendum. President Rafael Correa has promised that any oil earnings from the park would be used for poverty alleviation. The president is under pressure to raise funds – wealthy nations have not been forthcoming in the funds Ecuador hoped to receive as compensation for lost revenue from oil exports.
The Amazon – such incredible beauty! There are indigenous peoples living there whose contact with the outside world has been very limited. How much oil would it take to spoil such an amazing place? And how much money will Ecuador receive from the oil it could export should drilling be allowed?
Bombs and bullets, oil and water. It’s Holy Week for Christians. Rough sledding. But where evil abounds, let goodness, love, forgiveness abound all the more. Resurrection is coming. Meanwhile –
A blessed – and holy – Tuesday …