The Pardoner – Good News for March 6

6 03 2009

It is in the pardoning that we are pardoned…

Matthew 5:20-26

Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.

Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

The Daily Path: Yesterday, I heard a quote from St. Francis of Assisi that inspired me to dig a little deeper into the wisdom of this most holy man. In doing so I found another quote that brought today’s gospel home to me in the simplest terms. Francis said:

“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”

I know it’s not easy. I really struggle with this. Some wounds are deep. Some can remain with us most of our life even though we don’t realize it. Like a physical wound, these injuries develop so much scar tissue that they eventually limit your range of motion. The only way to regain your freedom is to break free of this tissue. That’s the hard part. 

I think I’ll put pen to paper and craft a list of all my wounds. I’ll include a column of those people who I feel have hurt me. When finished I’ll carefully fold the paper. As I do so, I’ll ask Christ to help me break free from the scars listed on my paper. Then I’ll  tear the paper into little bits and dump them in the recycle bin… so they can leave me and ultimately be transformed into something good. 

I probably have a lot of pardoning to do. Our recycle company may be busy for some time!

Room to Chat: Here is a cue for today:  when you feel anger, driven by hurt, try to let it go. Just cast it out like week old garbage to be picked up by God’s big green truck and hauled away.