9 October 2007. Tuesday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
Jonah 3, 1-10; Psalm 130; Luke 10, 38-42
Paul Ricouer said that a fault or a sin becomes unforgivable when it is not forgotten; when it is always remembered. A mistake or a blunder becomes unforgivable when we keep a record of wrongdoings. The pride of
The faults that we have committed often paralyzes us that we are unable to change. The paralysis is either attributed to others who impute it on us or to ourselves when we are plagued by guilt. A large part of this paralysis is an invitation first to look into the depths of our sins; to come and see the horror of our sins. The palmist today explores the seriousness of our sinful acts, “If you, O Lord, mark inequities, who can stand?”
The proposal of the Gospel becomes important by inviting people to eat; eventually to forgive. Jacques Derrida said, “Forgiveness is directed to the unforgivable or it does not exist. It is unconditional; it is without exception and without restriction. It does not presuppose a request for forgiveness: one cannot or should not forgive; there is no forgiveness, if there is any, except where there is the unforgivable.”
Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians says this about love: “Love does not keep a record of wrongdoings.” But love does not wallow in the past, especially when one is defeated. Love, especially as we follow our conscience, moves us towards God.
In other words, we can know the depths and seriousness of our sins by doing what Mary did: listen to Jesus. Or, we may look at our experiences when our faith was tested. The people from