Watching Eddy Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop, my mother could not get over how many times he used the "f" word. I think she was shocked and, at the same time, amazed at the language that has become acceptable for adults at least.
Within the church, the "F" word we wrestle with is most often "Forgiveness". Forgiveness is a theme that runs through all the books of the Bible.
This Sunday, Joseph has the option to forgive his brothers for selling him in to slavery and lying to his father that his favorite Son had died or causing them great pain as they had caused him and their father.
Church at Rome is having a problem with people judging one another. Paul says, " Focus on yourself not each other." This is really strong advice yet many refuse to examine their complete lives - the good works and skills and talents with their darkness and sin. It is only when we see our sins can we realize how much forgiveness and grace we have received.
Peter wants to know how many times he should forgive. I like Peter's number approach - counting is measurable. Jesus says that true forgiveness flows form God to us and for us to others - just like God's love, mercy and forgiveness flows. If God counted all our mistakes, we would be the most sorrowful people on earth.
We have hope, joy and forgiveness because God has sent his Son to show us God's forgiveness is as wide and deep as God's very self. May we be filled with shock and awe when we use and receive forgiveness throughout our lives. It is the word of healing, hope, and health for all.
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Grand Island, New York.
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