We all are the same about something. Our connection is so deep, we are overcome with emotion when we come face to face in its purest form.
I'm sure there are mathematicians that cry at the beauty of a complex problem finally solved. They are delight in the wonder of the precise mystery of numbers. (I also cry over math but that is a different blog!)
For me, I cry at baptisms. Not only because the baby is cute or I know the parents and their struggle to be a family. I cry because this is God showing love and grace in its purest form. This infant has not been taught about Jesus. This little one did not choose to love God and so God loves her back. This is the most unconditional love we will ever witness. It is real and it is a mystery. I am overcome with emotion.
Many of us cried out when we watch the news and learn of tragedy, loss of life, vile hatred, or unexplainable (sick and sinful) human behavior. There is something in us that is changed when we see people, animals or the earth abused. We feel the mystery of our interconnectedness on a gut level.
We all yearn for connection, for relationship. That is how we were made "In the beginning". In the story of creation God told Adam and Eve to be stewards, caretakers of each other and all that God created. We are created to honor and care for all creation: earth, plants, animals, people, and yes even the cosmos and math. Our story is intimately connected with the first story. We are emotional when we see a glimpse of mystery face to face or when we see the earth and people dishonored and carelessly thrown away.
So the next you find yourself unexpectedly overcome with emotion, look around and notice the divine mystery. Reach out in your joy or anguish and share that emotion with someone else. That is what we are created to do, that is who we are: created for each other.