Week of October 6, 2019

I’ll freely admit my memory isn’t as great as it used to be, but I was taken aback when I logged into Facebook and saw that several years ago I was posting an enraged rant about a particular airline company. You see, I have no idea what happened. I’m sure if I went back and researched it I would discover that I had been delayed, or had a flight cancelled, or somehow was otherwise inconvenienced. But honestly I have no recollection of what occurred. What’s more, I hold no ill will towards this company at this point, and may have even flown with them since this incident. To put it simply, whatever had happened had been wiped clean away.
I often try to see God in my day-to-day life, looking for little places where God taps me spiritual shoulder just to check in and remind me about how much I am loved, and glancing at this forgotten incident I was reminded that the nature of God’s forgiveness is absolute and complete, and not affected by a flawed and faulty memory (as is the case for me), but because of how much God loves me. Even the best of us tends to hold onto small fragments of hurt and suspicion when we are offended by another person’s actions, painful little scars that remind us of what has happened. But with God, there is no small remnant of offense, some mitigation of how God feels about us. God’s forgiveness of our sins goes beyond our own capacity to love to something so much greater, to the point where it is like it never happened.
So as I reflected on a years-old echo of some angry tirade, I am reminded of how vast and profound the grace that God has for me must be, and am thankful.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+