‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters,* what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:38-48)
It is hard today not to be somehow, "satisfied" at the news from Pakistan this morning concerning the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces. As someone who was at the White House the morning of 9/11, I remember in vivid detail the panic, the chaos and the heartache of that terrible day. The memory that stands out for me is being in the hotel room where we had escaped back to and watching the scenes of people jumping from the Twin Towers in New York.
"Osama Bin Laden, as is known, claimed responsibility for grave acts that spread division and hate among the peoples, manipulating religion to that end. A Christian never takes pleasure from the fact of a man's death, but sees it as an opportunity to reflect on each person's responsibility, before God and humanity, and to hope and commit oneself to seeing that no event become another occasion to disseminate hate but rather to foster peace".
- Do not rejoice when your enemies fall.....
- In a difficult homily last year, he asked "When was the last time you prayed for Osama Bin Laden?"
- Mike Hayes over at Googling God asks the question "Can we forgive Bin Laden?"
- Fr James Martin SJ discusses over at America "What is a Christian response to Bin Laden's death?"
- Jennifer Fulwiler poses the shocking truth that God loves Osama Bin Laden.
- A Franciscan responses to "What does the bible say about the Bin Laden's death?"
- CNA highlights how Pakistan Christians fear violent backlash in wake of Osama bin Laden's death.
- Bishop Mark S Hanson (Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) notes how the death of Osama bin Laden is an occasion for solemn remembrance.
- Rabbi Michael Lerner comments on the death of Bin Laden from a Jewish spiritual perspective.