It is hard to imagine that the events that took place on September 11, 2001 was 14 years ago. I was 18 and a freshman in college. I had slept in, got up and went to chemistry class. On the way to class my neighbor in the residence hall stopped me to tell me the news, planes had hit the Trade Center and the Pentagon. I couldn’t believe what was going on, questions swirled in my head.
Classes were cancelled after chemistry and the only thing I remember from that class was the professor reminding us of a chemical principal where everything eventually goes back to equilibrium or “normalcy.” I’m not sure if we are there yet, maybe one day.
Each year on this date I am reminded of the lives lost, the people who risked everything to save those in danger and the human condition. The human condition plagues all of humanity and is the one thing that the gospel must answer; 9/11 is a reminder that humanity at it worst is destructive while at its best it is selfless.
May we remember those selfless moments that punctuate the memories of this anniversary.
May God’s love and peace reign now and forever.
May we never forget.