When we sit in church, forgiveness sounds like a religious ideal. We may even view forgiveness as a soft and sentimental notion: a be-nice-to-bullies ideology for Turn-the-Other-Cheek Week. But philosophers from Plato to modern thinkers like Hannah Arendt have suggested that forgiveness is also a vital and necessary political action. Forgiveness is the only action that moves history forward, releasing us all from the consequences of the past, what we did or failed to do. We can remain here, moored to old injuries and injustices. Or we can forgive, and liberate the future.
Today’s readings:Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Romans 8:8-17; John 20:19-23 or 14:15-16, 23b-26 (63).
“Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Prepare the Word