We Will Weep and Know Why




~to a young child~

Márgarét, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.
~Gerard Manley Hopkins “Spring and Fall”
This morning we weep and know why.
It is not simply the sorrowful loss
of the perfection of spring and childhood
giving way to the dying of the fall,
the last gasp coloring of leaves and skies.It is the loss of innocence, of sense of reverence for life,
this blight man was born for,
this bleeding out for no reason.

What must drive one man’s selfish rage, loneliness and despair to compel him to deprive innocent others of their blood and life?

What unexplained evil overtakes one heart that he seeks to stop the beating hearts of others before his own is stopped?

When will there ever be safe havens again in society?
Not schools, not churches, not hospitals, not concerts, not any place people gather.

This is a day for lament, for tears, and for prayers to God that we cry out and bleed out the spiritual sickness that is infecting us all.

2 thoughts on “We Will Weep and Know Why

  1. A question asked since time immemorial. The eternal ‘WHY’? We know that both good and evil exist. Scripture tells us that even Jesus experienced evil in the form of temptation. We must choose. The answer lies within each of us. For Christians, we believe in the gift of the Holy Spirit, that silent, ever-present, vigilant Presence — a place within us that Augustine tells us our Creator-God made for Himself. It is sometimes called our soul. When we ignore that ‘voice,’ its counsel, its warnings, we do so at our peril. We then become ‘naked,’ defenseless, blinded to everything but our own desires, hard-hearted, amoral prey for those forces of evil that seek our destruction, our estrangement from God..
    The answer to the ‘eternal question of evil’? We already know the answer. Our choice to accept or to deny it has already been given to us millennia ago

    Thank you, Emily. Your pain and suffering that you mention here today is shared by all who believe in God’s love, His gifts of peace, compassion, freely-given saving Grace. All that we must do is to reach out with open palms and waiting soul and accept that gift and spread its saving redemptive reality with those who have chosen to live in darkness. It is by no means an easy task. Jesus knew that, and yet he persevered – until His death. He left the continuing task to us – His disciples, His followers.


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