Love is of God

Reflection for the 6th Sunday of Easter by FAN Member and Advocate, Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

This reflection was originally posted in our May 3rd Newsletter

“Let us love one another, because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.”
(1 Jn 4:7)

What beautiful and appropriate readings we have this sixth Sunday of Easter, a day in the United States when we remember and celebrate Mothers. This year, we are drawn to remember those mothers who are among the over 560,000 people who have died from the Coronavirus.

Sadly, we also need to remember the mothers among, or impacted by, the over 43,500 people who died from gun violence this past year in our country. Many children are grieving the loss of their mothers this past year. Many mothers are grieving the loss of their children.

According to the gun violence archives, we are on track this year to surpass the number of deaths last year due to guns. In the first four months of 2021, over 12,800 people have died from guns, including over 400 children under the age of 17. Why are children and teens living in the United States fifteen times more likely to die from gunfire than their peers in 31 other high-income countries combined? When did the right to purchase a gun override a child’s (or any person’s) right not to be shot?

“I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain.” (Jn 15:16)

Even after all too many mass killings of children, our society cannot find the political will to change laws to protect our children. As of the middle of April, there were 147 mass shootings in our country this year, more than one mass shooting a day. Let us pray that the latest mass shooting may prove not to be just another tragedy from which we learn nothing.

Whenever we advocate for legislation that addresses gun violence, we witness to the tradition of peacemaking handed down to us from Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. Let us create a society not only safe for every child but also worthy of each Mother’s child.

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
FAN Member and Advocate

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