On Monday, the last day of the study on “Forgiveness,” a headline in the Warren Times-Observer caught my eye. “Must the West beg the world for forgiveness?” Funny to see that word pop up in a civic publication. Yet forgiveness is very much part of the fabric of human life. The piece was pierced by questions. The questions, I presume, reflect the author’s wonderings about the state of affairs in God’s good world. We too may wonder about life on this spinning orb. We may well worry more about the web of relationships spun around us, a stunning web when we pause to consider it. And fragile too.
From whom would we do well to beg for forgiveness? Are we at odds with a family member? Have we failed a friend or forsaken a neighbor? Is our heart blocked by envy or hardened by scars so that grace is hindered from entering or exiting? Are we too proud to admit our shortcomings, too stubborn to beg for forgiveness? Would we know what to do with ourselves if we were freer from guilt, less strapped by shame?
What questions pierce your ponderings? Which fragile threads in the web of your relationships need repair? As we draw closer to Holy Week, the culmination of the season of Lent, may our self-reflection continue! May the stunning web in which we find ourselves give us pause to praise and cause to care! And may we take heart in these wise words of Robert Farrar Capon: “We are not forgiven because we made ourselves forgivable or even because we had faith; we are forgiven solely because there is a Forgiver.” That, friends, is Good News any day of the week!