The city can take some comfort – it is trying to reduce these occurrences, so it is a sign of hope that there is such a day of peace.
We can perhaps, in view of a statistic like this, imagine a day coming when hatred ceases, respect for others is normal, people actually want the good of their neighbours and actively seek it. It will seem a long time off, but I think there is a universal hope that this is where we are heading. It would be rather grim if we thought the opposite.
We do invent reasons to justify that hope – the triumph of science, the amazing human spirit, even benevolent aliens, but the evidence does rather contradict all three of these examples. The reality of a loving God, who is just and compassionate, would seem a rather simpler idea to explain it. And Jesus, no matter how much you try and take him apart, does seem to possess the perfect credentials and pass with flying colours.
New York will hopefully have more days of respite.
But full redemption is drawing nigh. Let’s hope more and more raise their eyes, see it, receive it, and seek to live accordingly.