On bin Laden: Jesus wept

On bin Laden: Jesus wept May 4, 2011

Jim Tighe, a deacon candidate whose brother died on 9/11, offers a very personal, prayerful response to the bin Laden news:

As a disciple of Christ, my life is given to his work. It is the work of bringing people into the light, not condemning them to the darkness. Osama Bin Laden was always easy to condemn into the darkness. On this issue, it is easier to go with the Philadelphia headline “Got the Bastard,” then it is to follow the words of Christ. But I’m going with Christ. This is, as best we know, a lost soul. Nothing to cheer about. That’s not what we do.

This is no way a defense of the man. He chose to live in the darkness. Any condemnation comes not from God but from his own choosing, just like the rest of us. He got what he chose, life in the darkness.

When Christ wept for Lazarus, I’m betting he wept for Bin Laden and people like him as well as for all of us who ultimately face death. I bet he wept for them because of the terrible pain caused by their own choice to remain in the darkness. Do I feel a change now that my brother’s murderer has been found? Yes, but it’s not that false “closure” stuff, but rather a deeper look at my own life and the light and darkness within.

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13 responses to “On bin Laden: Jesus wept”

  1. Are you sure about the sentence “Any condemnation comes not from God”?

    I thought condemnation DID come from God as the decider of heaven or hell. It seems other people are the ones to not condemn.

  2. Initially, I was happy to see this terrorist die, but one has to put that “feeling” to the side, and really give some thought to it.

    If I call myself a Christian, then I am a follower of Christ – one called to do as the teacher does. Not easy….

  3. ‎”I’ve never wished a man dead. But I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” -Mark Twain.

  4. I’ve offered the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Rosary for bin Laden since I heard the news. I will continue to pray for him so long as I remember. When Jesus said to pray for and forgive our enemies, I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean only when it’s easy or when the offense was just a little one.

    I’m certainly happy that this man can no longer terrorize anyone, and I frequently prayed for his conversion. Now that he’s dead, I pray for mercy.

  5. God wishes EVERY soul saved, period!

    Being that this death coincided with Divine Mercy Sunday, I have to wonder if it wasn’t in some way providential, at least to the extent that God would allow the “choices” that were made in this death, perhaps somewhat metaphoric for all of us who will most also need the great mercy of God when least expected.

    It’s always easy to “love the lovable”, but Christian love demands we “love beyond our feelings.”

  6. P.S.

    Based on the revelations of Sister Maria Faustina (and church teaching), all of the sins of the world combined don’t even equal a drop of God’s “Ocean of Mercy.”

    Perhaps that is the take home message here.

  7. todays Gospel is great; John 3:16
    but read the whole section 16-21
    God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the
    world, but that the world might be saved through him.
    The Light came into the world but some prefer darkness.
    it is our choice but God wants no one lost and neither should we. some people prefer the darkness. pray for those.
    ..whoever lives the truth comes to the light
    for the sake of His sorrowful passion… peace +

  8. Deacon David Backes: Right, ObL wasn’t armed—so what? Why is that troubling? He killed innocent people in the name of his religion—he gave NO mercy, and he didn’t deserve any. IF what I heard was correct, he was offered the chance to surrender—-he refused. One of his wives came towards the SEALS, and they shot her in the leg. There was no way for the men to know if he had a suicide vest, or if the wife did—they responded properly. With him dead, there was no chance for him to escape or to have his followers try and rescuse him. Dumping him in the ocean prevents a shrine for his followers to worship in front of. His death certainly won’t bring back those who have died with his direction, but it will prevent him from planning more deaths. IMO, justice was carried out. He and his followers give all Muslims a bad name—just like those of other religions who go overboard –become fanatical, and think everyone should follow their way of thinking.

  9. I was very heartened by this post. Yesterday, commenting on another blog in much the same fashion though with by no means the depth of personal witness, I was accused of moral relativism, anti-humanity, profound ignorance of history, and terrorist sympathies. When I said, “I’m with the guy who said ‘Love your enemies,'” I was told by my sister and brother Catholics (who were taking as their model the Christendom-wide rejoicing at the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto) that “Jesus may have said that, but he didn’t really MEAN it.” It’s been a difficult time to be quietly reflective, so thank you for passing this reinforcement along.

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