Tragedy in Thousand Oaks - Beseeching God’s Love, Wisdom, and Mercy
Published - 8 November 2018

Dear faithful,

Another senseless act of violence has plagued our fair state. Twelve people, including a sheriff’s deputy, have lost their lives as a result. As we search for answers, twelve families are planning the funerals of their loved ones. Twelve families bid farewell to their loved ones with grief stricken hearts as they search for justification in an indefensible act.

Parents burying their children is a disruption in life’s natural process, for it is children who should lay their parents to rest. Furthermore, it is at times of sorrow and anger that our Christian Faith is ultimately tested. As humans, we dare to question God’s will. However, in anguish, true believers seek consolation in the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest onto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-29). As we pray for God’s grace and mercy, let us beseech the Almighty for His divine peace and love to reign on Earth. Let us pray for God’s wisdom and His revelation amongst all so that our grief-stricken hearts may be filled with not evil but kindness and humility; not yearning for revenge but rather beseeching for forgiveness and mercy; not apathy but compassion and empathy.

Amidst this chaos and confusion, may the Holy Spirit grant comfort to those who are in mourning, for God’s love reigns supreme.

Archbishop Hovnan Derderian