Worse sinners

I’m reading St Luke’s Gospel this week. Today in Chapter 13 I read this:

There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Lk 13:1-5)

I can’t think of a more appropriate passage in relation to the Orlando tragedy.

It makes me wonder: If you haven’t yet spent a moment it takes to pray by name for each one who lost their life in Orlando (including the shooter, Omar Mateen), were you planning to at some point? Surely none of them were worse sinners than you or I, and we all hope that when we go on to judgment somebody will remember to ask the Lord to grant us mercy, hope, and blessing now and ever and unto the ages of ages.

So here you go cityoforlando.net/blog/victims

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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