Monday, March 17, 2008

forgiveness for evil done and the good undone

It is not uncommon that specially during the Holy Week, a good number of the Christian Faithful sincerely and humbly asks the Good Lord for forgiveness for the wrong things that they have done—such as violating no less than His own Commandments. Needless to say, this option against the mandates of God Himself in exchange for the choice of the biddings of evil is not only challenging but also downright despising Him. For man to offend his fellowman is bad enough. For him to spit at God’s Face by trampling upon His universal and timeless Commandments is insolent, contemptuous, and blasphemous.

One distinct reality that some Christian faithful may lamentably forget is that the forgiveness of the Good Lord must be equally asked with respect for the good things they fail to do. Sin has formal reference not only in conjunction with the evil done—but also to relation to the good undone. Thus it is that there are sins of commission and sins of omission. Truth to say, while there are many evil deeds that people may be guilty of, there are certainly much more good works undone that they are also accountable for. It is advisable for anyone reading these lines, to examine his or her conscience well—to become aware and to be sorry for practically innumerable good deeds they forget, omit or refuse to do.

Let it be well said that in the matter of evil done and good undone or about the reality of sins of commission and sins of omission, none of these have no social dimension. In other words, a sinner does not only directly fight God and thus personally becomes a loser as a matter of course, but also in one way of another offends and/or despises one or more individuals precisely by doing what is wrong and/or omitting what is right. Thus it is that any sin necessarily involves three persons: The Person of God sinned against. The person itself of the sinner. The person/s of the one/those sinned to. In the same way, any sin rightfully produces threefold alienation: The alienation of God from the sinner. The alienation of the sinner from God. The alienation of the one/ones offended from the sinner.

Finally, let it is clearly be said that the greater the authority, influence and resources the sinner has, the more accountability he or she has before God, the more responsibility the same has before others—considering that the more evil the sinner can in fact do, and the more good the same can in effect fail to accomplish. This principle holds true for parents, neighborhood heads, provincial leaders and national public officials—particularly the person occupying the highest office in the land.

The bigger the sinner, the more repentance is required, the bigger forgiveness is needed. In a special way, the bigger the thief, the more penance is needed, the bigger restitution is demanded.

Let those who have ears, listen!

17 March 2008