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Opens a new way

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We need to have a Godly attitude toward every human being.

OPENS A NEW WAY
We need to have a Godly attitude toward every human being.
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
                              
Last Sunday, you may remember, we began to give some reflective consideration to the practice of a virtue upon which we can safely say, our very salvation depends. And that, of course, is the virtue of forgiveness. We were invited to begin that reflection in the parable of the Prodigal Son, and the eloquent, inspired image of the Father that parable draws for us. The father who bears no grudge, harbors no resentment, works no revenge on those on those who offend him. So, as attached as some may be of the image of God as the sternly just punisher of sinners, the judge who will see to it that all those other people finally get what is coming to them, that simply is not the picture God draws of Himself. Rather, God's self-portrait is one of unconditional, compassionate forgiveness, offered to anyone, anytime, a truly limitless mercy. This is what we need to be praying for during this year of mercy.
 
The Gospel story this Sunday is another instance, really. And it is a story, I think, that we can use as a pretty effective springboard in our attempts to come to an understanding of just what the virtue of forgiveness must practically mean for us. We need to have a Godly attitude toward every human being.   God created human beings, as He wanted them to be. Good.
 
Mind you, I don't say that we must not judge. I say we must not judge persons. Indeed, we are called to make moral judgements. If an act is wrong, it must be named as such by Christians, and unmistakably so. The point is, we must make such judgements about acts, not people. That, after all, is what Christ did in the Gospel. Christ did not say to the adulterous woman, "Well, that's alright, it doesn't matter."  It's not all right. It does matter. Rather, He told her, "Don't do that anymore. It is a sin". What He said to the woman, "What you have done is bad." He did not say, "You are bad." Christ wanted to put an end to the action, the sin.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder:  May we have a readiness, a joyful eagerness to see realized in ourselves and in others all of the goodness of which we are capable. Paul, words present such forgiveness as a challenge. "Forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead."  Like any virtue, forgiveness is an act that flows from a right attitude.  This opens a new way for us!
 
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Từ khóa: Ga 8:1-11, mc5c, reflection

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