We are our brother’s keeper
A few months ago, a horrendous tragedy took place: the slaughter of the innocents at the Jewish temple in Pittsburgh. Everyone of different faiths united, rightly so, in grief for the deaths of their Jewish brethren. The congregation was celebrating the birth of a Jewish child when the perpetrator opened fire and killed 11 Jewish brethren. Why? Was it because they were not of his faith? The temple worshippers were in the act of praising God as their faith demanded. Does God place a restriction on what faith you must belong to? If deep in your heart, you worship God and he knows that, are not your prayers accepted by God? Yes, they are!
Let me set a scene for you.
First, let us go to Mark 9:38-41. Jesus is walking with the Apostles and disciples, and John says to Jesus, ”Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who at the same time can speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us. Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.”
The message: We are all God’s children and therefore, we are our brother’s keeper!
May our 11 Jewish brethren receive their just reward.