It has happened again.
A deranged young man has gone into a public place, a theater in Colorado this time, and started shooting. Dozens of people died or were wounded. Hundreds of family members and friends are left to mourn.
I was shocked and sad. I had a sense of deja vu. It's all too familiar. The initial reports, the continuing news coverage, the search for reasons, the profiles of those who died, the discussions about how to prevent such incidents from happening again.
And yet they keep happening.
In the meantime, a community is left to mourn, to pick up the pieces, to find a way forward.
I wanted to spend this weekend in quiet reflection. We decided to go to a local production of Man of La Mancha done by a theater group from the local Catholic church. Our Chorale accompanist was in it, as was his wife. They are both incredible musicians and singers.
It was just what I needed. The production had no weak elements. Everything was exceptionally well done, from the set to the staging, the acting and singing, costumes, lighting, direction, and orchestra. One hundred-twenty-nine members of the community gave us a gift, and it was just what we needed this sad weekend.
The message of the musical could not have been more appropriate. The Cervantes/ Don Quixote character remarks that he is on a quest "to bring some measure of grace to the world." And indeed the message of the place is that grace, idealism and love can transform the worst of circumstances.
And so, thank you and congratulations to the Upper Room Theater Ministry of All Saints Catholic Church.
In a theater in Aurora, Colorado this past Friday, a single individual tore the heart our of a community.
In a gym transformed into a theater not a mile from where I sit, a group of talented people gave of themselves to bring something of grace and beauty to their community.
My prayer is that the same grace and love this community experienced recently may help in the healing of the community in Colorado.