Because Jesus we have forgiveness

Image result for forgivenessForgiveness is a fact of life. People, broken as we are, will always tragress boundaries and cause pain of every variety to each other.  At a certain degree offering and seeking forgiveness is a fundamental social lubricant without which society would simply grind to a stop.  Like some distopian science fiction stories, without the functioning of how we get along with the inequities of life, how could we get up in the morning?  We all must forgive.  We all must be forgiven.  And on it goes.

 

Most of the time, we maintain a fairly rudimentary mechanism for keeping our forgiveness score.  Someone in the relationship has to show contrition, be sorry, and say so in order to allow the wronged person to forgive.  It is what we learn on the playground in Kindergarden, and how we would like the world to work.  Yet we know that this is no certainty.  The egregiously wrong remain unrepentant.  The unitentionally harmful often go on unaware, or fail entirely to take responsibility for it.  Sometimes we are left with few options just to get on with our own lives: we must forgive or struggle under the weight that we might carry. This can be among the most difficullt things we are called to do.

Yet it is because Jesus that we gain an appreciation of forgiveness.  Yet Christ's model of forgiveness remains challenging for we who would prefer to earn our forgiveness.  Jesus comes and models God's forgiveness for us.  This is a forgiveness that is not preconditioned on our preforming the right prayers or saying the words per se.  Instead God reaches out to us with the forgiveness we need from God.  Jesus' mission with us was to invite us into this forgiveness, knowing that that there is no place we can be where God is not already there loving us and inviting us into new life and new relationship in him.  We just need to say yes, accepting for ourselves the love for us that surpasses, sometimes, even our own.  God's abundant love puts us into right relationship with him because Jesus reaches out to us.


Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman
36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
 
39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
 
40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
 
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
 
41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[c] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
 
43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
 
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
 
44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
 
48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
 
49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
 
50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”