Many viewers of our social media forums have express their feelings about the murders in the Kunimaipa Valley. I want to say a few words regarding the murder of Fr. Gerry Maria Inau, an innocent victim caught in the middle of tribal warfare.
As a Christian expressed in one of the view points, “death is the wages of our sins.” I don’t doubt that the Fr. Gerry is a humble, loved sinner, who happens to be a minister of God in his vineyard. Therefore, I want to view his death in another way: he died as a weakness to our unchristian lives – our waywardness, payback killings, and unforgiveness. He was a light shining in the darkness of Kunimaipa Valley, but put off because of the existence of that ancient evil -payback killing.
It is really horrendous what happened. I don’t condone it neither do I justify it but my greatest hope is that Father’s death may bring peace, calmness and conversion to the hearts of our people. Let it be sign of all evil in Goilala or Papua New Guinea for that matter. If we continue to kill each other in tribal warfare, we can destroy many good works we have begun, digress in development initiates and just be stagnant.
I pray that God may give us understanding to see with new light Fr. Gerry’s death and that may move our hearts to conversion.