There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
When tragedy strikes what should be our response? We hear in the news often about disasters that strike killing tens, hundreds or even thousands. There are tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, tornados, hurricanes which have been the cause of the grief of many. So how do we respond in light of these events? First, it should be clear that we ought to mourn with those who mourn. Second, we must consider the words of Jesus. When these events strike and we hear of that deaths that resulted we should be the first to fall to our knees in repentance before our God seeking the forgiveness of our sins because you and I should have been the ones to perish. Daily we sin before God and in his mercy he does not bring our life to an end, but we certainly deserve to die. So grieve, mourn, and cry for those who have died, but always keep in mind that you should have likewise perished so thank the Lord your God, turn from your sins, receive forgiveness and seek the mercy and grace of God moment by moment and day by day.