John 10: 27 - 30
|27||My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me;|
|28||and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.|
|29||My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.|
|30||I and the Father are one."|
I imagine that one week ago, Martin Richard took Holy Communion at Mass with his family in St. Anne's Parish of Dorchester and was excited to watch his Dad run the Boston Marathon the next day.
Two brothers, not far from Dorchester, had other plans.
The little guy above and two young women, students themselves like the 19 year old monster now being treated in a Boston hospital, would be murdered before the last runners crossed the finish line.
Little Martin would not hear today's gospel, nor the voices of his parents and sister. Martin heard the voice of the Jewish carpenter's son who spoke the words printed above two thousand years ago, Martin heard the voice of welcome, love and eternal peace. "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand."
That is a promise.