Thursday, April 17, 2014

Forgiving Our Abusers During Lent


As Jesus was being nailed to the Cross, he uttered the words, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." This was after he was beaten and scourged, and his enemies mocked him by placing a crown of thorns on His head.

The flying monkeys who carried out the orders to execute an innocent man undoubtedly didn't comprehend the full impact of their actions in crucifying the Son of God who came into the world to save us from our sins. They were caught up in the frenzy instigated by religious leaders, who thought they'd finally be free of a "troublesome" individual who wanted to create a kingdom of the heart, rather than an earthly kingdom filled with riches and freedom from the Roman authorities.

In imitation of Christ, we also need to forgive those who make life difficult for us in church, a place that should be a refuge and a sanctuary. These poor souls who act out in God's house are truly the poorest of the poor. They really don't know what they're doing either. If they had any idea of the consequences of their actions, they'd immediately stop this aberrant behavior and get down on their knees and beg God for forgiveness. But, unfortunately, they don't have the grace to recognize the errors of their ways. They continue to sin.

However, sin has eternal consequences. They will realize this someday, hopefully not before it's too late. Because of the disorder in their souls, they desperately need our prayers. Not being able to correct their bad actions in church must be a Divine chastisement. They deserve our pity, much more than our anger.

Life is very short. Whatever sort of temporal "benefits" they derive from emotionally abusing another person, in church, of all places, will surely pass. Eventually, they will have to appear before the Throne of God, where all of us will be judged according to our works.

Crucified Jesus, have mercy on us poor sinners.


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