The situation is too profound.
The situation is too powerful.
The situation is too moving.
The situation goes beyond our world so much that it brings divine into what happens in our midst.
My Dear Sisters and Brothers! As we come to our churches this Sunday, we listen to the Gospel of Luke describing the meeting of two women: Mary and Elizabeth, the meeting which was of no importance to those who played the big politics at that time. This Sunday we also hear the Prophecy of Micah, about another insignificant place off the beaten track called Bethlehem, where Jesus was to be born. Neither Caesar Augustus, who was so influential and powerful that he changed the Roman Republic to the Roman Monarchy, nor the senators and generals of the new empire bothered about the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth or about Bethlehem. However away from the big politics, away from the big money, away from the victorious armies, the destiny of the world, the destiny of every woman, man and child was being taken care of by God whose only begotten Son was entering this world for us and for our Salvation. The Gospel account describing Mary’s visit to Elizabeth hasn’t come to us from Roman Empire spies but it came from people of faith, like us, who have treasured and passed on, how Jesus began touching people by his love, grace and mercy which were not of this world but still for this world. As people of faith we contemplate, we adore, the gracious and all powerful presence of God’s Son as we humbly and gratefully hear about the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth. In their meeting we hear Jesus’ words from our Second Reading, who ‘on the coming into the world said to his Father: You who wanted no sacrifice or oblation, prepared a body for me.’ It was still a tiny body, not even fully formed in the womb of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, but this tiny unborn Baby Boy who was to be called Jesus was spiritually and powerfully touching others like Elizabeth and her unborn baby boy. For God nothing is impossible.
My Dear fellow believers. When you read or hear more about the tragedy in Devonport you may ask yourself: Where was God when Addison, Zane, Jye, Jalailah, Chace and Peter died? This is a very good question indeed. It doesn’t need to be an angry or blaming question? The question, and the searching for the answer, can lead us to discover that God was right there, right then. The question, and the searching for the answer, can lead us to say with faith filled conviction that the five young lives are not lost. They are not lost because we know where they are. They are with God. They are not lost because in their short lives God’s plan has been accomplished. That’s why we may, and should, ask the question: Where was God when they died? But after asking that big question let us be silent to adore God who was saving these five children for life eternal.
Let us now together ask: God where you were when they died? Now, in silence let us adore his presence in their life and in their death, because God was there.