“I would take a bullet for the kids.”
That’s what one of the Parkland, Florida teachers said to his wife after the shooting there. We can all applaud his willingness to sacrifice for the sake of other.
But I wonder how his wife felt hearing that. If that were to transpire, she would face not only the loss of her life partner, but the father of her children. Untold suffering would come with his selfless decision.
Of course, without the evil of shooters such an act would not be needed. But in our present climate where there is no political will to do anything to arrest this madness, this is the world we live in.
This sad state of affairs helps me understand Jesus and his decision to “take a bullet for the world.” Without human evil, it would never have happened, never have been needed. But there was human evil aplenty in the first century, as in our twenty-first.
Our Lenten theme is “Meeting God in the wilderness.” Today we focus on “Meeting God in suffering” – a place I do not like to visit! And yet suffering can be necessary. Suffering can lead to a greater good. Suffering can be sacrificial.
If I were a school teacher, I have to wonder…if “I would take a bullet for the kids.” JBM