I want to be over this. I want to be over the injury and the memories. But I believe that such an incident stops much of the glibness of social comment. It is truly a theological event. Life and death always are theological events. The loss of a young man's life is deeply sorrowful. There is a temptation to blame in such an event. Blame the foolishness of motorcycles or the idiocy of not wearing a helmet or driving too fast. But blame is NOT a theological event. Blame is what we do when we cannot deal with the theological event of death. Blame or guilt is part of the process of grief. It is part of the avoidance of dealing with death as a theological event.
As I have said before I do not subscribe to the theology that God has a plan for me. I do believe that God interacts with us and is a part of our lives but I do not believe that I am part of a playbook. That is just too Calvinistic for this catholic girl. I believe that the Incarnation means that I am able to reflect and find spiritual value in the things that happen. So life in many cases is lived retrospectively. I am constantly trying to make sense of what happens in my life so that I can find Christ in it.
Now, I am messing with real theology. Death and evil have always been linked together in theology. And yet you can't get to heaven without death. So what gives? Is death good or evil? I don't think it is either. Death is a part of what it means to be human. It is part of life that Christ came to sanctify and make holy. So death is holy just as surely as birth. But it is an event that those who are not dying must observe with reverence and awe. Do I believe in heaven and hell? Not really. But I do believe in an afterlife. I do believe that there is something beyond death simply because I believe the promises of God. I don't care to meditate on that afterlife because I believe that it will be much more than I can even imagine. But I also believe that God has sanctified humanity in Jesus and consequently all life is sacred in the sense that God made us.
In the first chapter of Romans, Paul chastises the Gentiles for not seeing the God of Israel in nature where the acts of God can be seen. Yes, humanity is often moved by the phenomenon Nature. I do not deny the beauty of the Earth or the Universe as being evidence of God. But it is the rawness of death that makes us wonder about the theological nature of death. Is it of God? I think so. Death is the encounter with the Holy in such a way that truly takes the breath away. And leaves observers humbled about their own mortality.