3A. that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness

Not “forgive,” but “bring the spirit of forgiveness:” Not every wrong is mine to forgive, and certainly very few can be right-wised or reconciled by my will and means. There is a humility and realism here; but not a spiritualization, I think

The BFG didn’t get a lot of positive reviews, but I was very affected by it, particularly with one divergence from the book (which we loved). I was moved by the idea of a terrible nightmare composed of “Look at what you has done. And there be no forgiveness.” What a waking horror that can be, as well. A spirit of unforgiveness is weaponized, to debilitating effect.

A preacher once told me forgiveness is the only message with which Jesus’ disciples are trusted. This is the good news, not displayed for bid but delivered to the wrongdoer. The spirit of self-justification, diversion, making-do or alternative interpretation would have things otherwise.

Where there is wrong, look at what we has done. It is forgiven.

What will this spirit do now?

John 3:16-21


I’m writing short reflections on the Franciscan peace prayer through Lent. The series begins with 1A, right over here.


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