Appreciate that you made the effort to find out the timing of our mass.
Appreciate that you learnt more about our religion to know that Sundays are the days we go to Church for the congregational prayers and Mass. But I guess there were some things you, rather unfortunately, didn’t get to learn.
Perhaps you didn’t know that what you did made them Martyrs.
And how you have single-handedly raised the statuses of our brothers and sisters in the eyes of their beloved Jesus. Through your actions, they will be raised as the most righteous and pious of Christians.
Perhaps you didn’t know that doing what you did, at the time and place you chose, it actually meant that the last words that escaped their lips were probably words of remembrance and praise of Jesus. Which is a noble end many Christians could only dream of.
What you did would almost guarantee them paradise.
Appreciate that you showed the world how Christians welcome, with open arms, even people like yourself into our Church, which is our second home. Appreciate you for showing that our Church have no locks or gates, and are unguarded because everyone is welcome to be with us.
Appreciate you for allowing the world to see the powerful image of men you injured, lying on back on the stretcher with his index finger raised high, as a declaration of his faith and complete trust in Jesus.
You brought the Churches, Government and communities together to stand with us.
You made countless Sri Lankans come out of their homes to visit the Church nearest to them with beautiful messages of peace and love.
You have broken many hearts and made the world weep. You have left a huge void.
But what you have done have brought us closer together. And it has strengthened our faith and resolve.
In the coming weeks, more people will turn up in the Church, a place you hate so much, fortified by the strength in our faith, and inspired by our fallen brothers and sisters.
In the coming weeks, more non Christians will turn up at the gates of Churches with beautiful handwritten notes. They may not have known where the Church in their area was. But now, they do. All because of you.
I hate to say that after all of that elaborate planning, and the perverse and wretched efforts on your part, you still failed to drive a divide among the the Catholics and non-Christians in the world.
For that, I can’t say that I’m sorry.