Father Tom, you' have changed a lot… By Fr. Rif’at Bader

Since the latest Mass you celebrated in a church in Aden… you have changed much…

Ever since you concluded that Mass, and the gangs of extremism took the life of four nuns, or rather the daughters of Mother Teresa in front of you…you have changed a lot…

Ever since they led you “as a lamb that is led to the slaughter” and you neither opened your mouth nor did you even disobey or turn back… you have changed.

Ever since you have been led down a dark well as was the case with Joseph, whose brothers led him down the well and sold him… you have changed.

Today, your plane touches down in Muscat before you proceed to your hometown in India after a year-and-a-half (18 months)… In this period too many children have been orphaned, women have been widowed, and many people of our planet have become homeless. In this period, too many demonstrations took place denouncing what you've been seeing on daily bases, namely death, destruction, and plans to kill innocent people... No wonder several conferences and workshops have been held for the elimination of the scourge of terrorism... you have changed.

So many candles have been lit for you in the hope to keep your dignity and to preserve your priesthood... several prayers were said for your safety… you are a shepherd, and if the shepherd gets incapacitated, then his sheep will go astray… but these sheep have not gone astray for they rather maintained the bond of love with you… you have rejoiced when Pope Francis canonized Teresa… on that day, we said with him prayers for your freedom, which includes you and all those held by Satan.

Yes, Fr. Tom, humanity is rejoicing your release... which coincides with the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on which love was crucified… the darkness of Good Friday is followed by the dawn of Easter Sunday …this marks the end of the dark tunnel… the tunnel of intolerance, extremism, hatred and terror will vanish... the dawn of the freedom which you have seen today will soon be seen after it has been in the offing in Mosul…

You've changed a lot... yet you wear you clerical clothing after a forced break... and you will wear it again, and you will raise anew your hands which are covered with sacred oil and say, in concomitance with humanity:
Our Father who art in heaven...
deliver us from evil... Amen

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