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A Sequel on Sin

June 21, 2012

Okay. Now that you’ve had time to let my last post sink in (you know, the one you’ve been meditating on day and night for the last 3 1/2 weeks), I thought I might take a stab at addressing the next logical question: if all sins are forgivable, even the unforgivable ones, then why be concerned about sin at all?

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus says, “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out the fault, just between the two of you” (Matthew 18:15). Here Jesus is telling us to be concerned not only about our own sins, but even at times (certainly not all the time or even most of the time) each other’s sins. I don’t know about you, but I was always told that this wasn’t a very Jesus-like thing to do. So assuming that we’re not being judgmental (something we should probably never assume), why would we be so concerned not only about our own faults but also, in certain situations, with the faults of others? (more…)