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Where was God on September 11th?

When two jets crashed into the Twin Towers on September 11th, I was about 30 kilometers from Manhattan. The first message came on the radio at nine in the morning. We realized the extent of the catastrophe only slowly, fascinated by ever new details. The phone no longer worked, police sirens kept wailing; Law enforcement officers erected street barricades. I couldn't get through to the airport, from which I wanted to return to Europe in the afternoon. We were locked in, full of worry, not without fear: what would happen? The theology students at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, where I was staying, gathered in the chapel and prayed. Then someone opened the scriptures as they often do there. Not to look for a specific place, but simply to read the text that the finger "accidentally" pointed to. This method of reading used to be called "Bible Stinging", which many believers were convinced that God wanted to give them a specific message for their situation in this way.

After the destruction of the twin towers, the finger of a seminarist rested on a sentence from Jesus' Gospel of Luke (13.4): "Those eighteen people who were slain when the tower of Siloe collapsed believe that they are the only ones to blame would have been charged, but not all the other inhabitants of Jerusalem? No, I tell you, rather you will all perish as well if you do not convert. " Anyone who experiences something like this at such moments holds their breath. The event was terrible, it was even diabolical. And yet under the index finger in the Bible it now took on the meaning of an appeal from God to us all. A little later I came back to Rome from Pakistan, where Pope John Paul II had sent me to personally assure the bishops and Christians of his solidarity: his sympathy and help for the refugees, his intercession before God for the threatened. I had met with various groups and representatives from various aid organizations, and had a long conversation with the President of the country, General Musharraf. On the way back from visiting the Shamschatoo refugee camp, we received the news of the attack by radical extremists on the Dominikus Church, in which 16 Protestant Christians had been murdered during the service. A Eucharist was scheduled for the next Sunday evening in Rawalpindi Cathedral. Should we cancel it in protest? Or would that frighten the already endangered believers even more? We were shocked. After we decided to stand firm, over 400 brothers and sisters came to find new hope and courage in the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ.

Even in the eyes of the world, Christians are suddenly no longer deplorable in this situation - where even Chancellor Schröder is no longer afraid to publicly pray the Our Father during the service for the New York victims on television. That is why Christmas does not evoke any embarrassing nostalgia in Christians. In Bethlehem in the land of Judah, we believe and confess that God himself became flesh from our flesh and bone from our bones. Since then we have believed that he has become closer to us than father and mother and brother and sister. Since this unique birth, the Almighty has lived among us.

But where was God on September 11th? Of course, where he always was: in the unimaginable. "If you understand Him, He is not God," says St. Augustine. Yes, God is greater! He is bigger than all our ideas about him, and he is even bigger than all the plans of any murder burner. But with Christmas, Christians all over the world also celebrate a completely different knowledge about God, who according to their creed in Bethlehem once became as small as a newborn. Since then, it is no longer just to be found in the cosmos, but first and lastly to be found among the absolutely defenseless, with everyone we let people suffer: with the unborn, the old, the sick, the desperate, the tortured, the tortured the burned, the persecuted, the lawless.

So, of course, God did not change his address on September 11th. He was in the World Trade Center. He was before, he was under, he was in the jets that had been turned into mega-bombs by murderers. On September 11th, God was again where he endured the torture of all the world in Jerusalem: as God on the cross. This love without measure, which was revealed with his incarnation, also makes the first Christmas of the new millennium a bright light.

Archbishop Dr. theol. Paul Josef Cordes has been President of the Vatican Council Cor unum since 1995, which, on the personal mandate of the Pope, sets signs worldwide of sympathy and help towards people who have been hit by war, hardship and disasters.

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