Have you or someone you know ever admitted to wrongdoing but justified it by saying, “Well, at least it’s not as bad as what he or she has done?” I think this happens more often in our lives than any of us would like to admit. I think it may just be part of the imperfect nature of who we are as human beings. We can often recognize the sins of another and yet be blind to our own sin. Or perhaps we have thought; well maybe the reason they are suffering is because of their sin.
The Scripture we heard this Sunday speaks to us about this subject. Jesus is strong in his instruction when he said, “Do you think because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?” He answers his own question with, “By no means!” It isn’t too often that we find an exclamation point following the words of Jesus.
However, we see that statement not once, but twice in this account from Luke’s Gospel. By no means do these people suffer more because their sin was greater, or by no means do people suffer less because their sins were less serious. Sin leads to death. Sin leads to destruction of our very lives. Think about it. What do you experience when you sin? How does it make you feel? And then what action do you need to take because of your sin? Jesus tells us, “If you do not repent, you will perish.” We need to reconcile with God when we know we have sinned. What good could come of judging our sin less and another’s more serious? Jesus is telling us that we sin by the choices we make and we are responsible for our sinfulness. He then tells us we must repent, lest we perish.
A few weeks ago we began Lent with ashes being placed on our foreheads with the words, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” We as a people of God need the liturgical season of Lent for it calls attention to our need to repent.
Our eternal life depends on it. Let us not turn our eyes toward others and point out their iniquities, let us look inward and repent of our own sinfulness. Only then, can we look forward with hope of New Life in Jesus Christ!
Thanks be to God and his plan for our salvation.
With gratitude and hope in Christ Jesus,
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC