Week of September 13. 2020

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Jesus’ statement to his disciples has often been cited as the Scriptural foundation for the Church’s, in particular the clergy’s, authority to absolve people of their sins. But what if the statement means more than that?  What if it is about not the Church’s authority regarding spiritual disposition, but instead about the importance of proclaiming the Gospel and its relationship to forgiveness?
What if, as Jesus is telling a parable about how much we are forgiven by God, he is saying that if we are incapable or unwilling to model forgiveness to other people how much more difficult it will be to share God’s forgiveness?  How can we say, “God loves you,” when we refuse to say the same to them?  And if our failure to loosen the bonds of sins in our relationships affects people’s ability to form a relationship with God, then what is bound on Earth is bound in heaven.
But when we can forgive, can express real love, that can facilitate so much more in other people’s lives.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+