July 26, 2012
HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN ALEXIOS MESSAGE ON THE COLORADO TRAGEDY
My dearly beloved,
“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” [John 16:33].
It is with a troubled and sorrowful heart that I greet you today in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Like the rest of you, I was devastated to learn about the tragedy that took place in Colorado, and I know that we all extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to parents, families and friends of the people who were killed.
In the face of such terrible events, we may feel confused and angry: why would anyone do such terrible thing? Yet we also know simply by reading the newspaper or watching television that such evil does indeed occur, reminding us that we live in a broken world, that so desperately needs the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with its eternal message of forgiveness and love.
We may even find our faith tested by the evil that destroyed so many innocent lives. When we see or experience this kind of darkness and sorrow, we may feel as if God has abandoned us, yet those are the times when He is most near, loving us, supporting us and caring for us, surrounding us with the prayers of the saints and the holy angels, to strengthen us to go on.
While we may not be personally affected, the families and friends of the fallen remain in our thoughts and prayers. May our loving and merciful Father comfort and strengthen them during this difficult time and as they face the future without their loved ones.
May their memories be eternal!
With paternal blessings and with much love for our Lord,
Metropolitan of Atlanta