Handed over to the torturers – today’s Gospel tells us that this will be our due, unless we each forgive our brother or sister who has wronged us from our heart.
It seems to be a universal human experience: forgiveness is hard! The homilist I listened to pointed to the equally universal (reluctant) human reaction: “I’ll forgive, but I’ll never forget!” We want to cling to the toxic residue of our grudges and resentments!
Lent invites us to look to Jesus – especially our Crucified Savior – as a model of forgiveness. I appreciate James Alison’s recent work, along with a video conversation he had with Richard Rohr, on Jesus Forgiving Victim. (Video is HERE )
It is hard to remember that we will achieve a new and renewed freedom to the extent that we let go of, hand over to God, our sometimes petty, stubborn resentments. Jesus the forgiving victim is for us the example par excellence of one who trusts and turns over to God Abba all that binds us in unfreedom! May we grow through the rest of Lent in the art of forgiving.