There is a way to make sense of the senseless,

Jesus suggests that we make sense of the senseless,

not by condemning the victims of tragedy for their complicity in

their own deaths –

but by considering our own mortality, and our own sinfulness,

and working to produce fruit befitting our salvation

before we are called to account for our lives

before his eternal throne.


The message of Jesus, like the prophets before him,

is that all of us deserve to experience the wrath of God,

but that God does not seek our deaths,

            nor does he delight in our suffering,

    rather he calls us to live by his gracious law,

            and by the power of his Spirit

and the wisdom of his living word,

so that we might be able to stand before him yat the end as one

whose work in this life has been well and truly done.