There is a story shared by Anthony de Mello which talks about the relationship between God and each person in terms of a string. When we sin, that is when we are separated from God. It is as if the string were cut. When there is forgiveness, it is as though the string were tied back together. After forgiveness occurs and the knot is tied, the string is shorter. We are closer to God.
Forgiveness does bring us closer – to ourselves, to others, and to God. Forgiveness involves a process of self examination, taking responsibility for our wrongs, seeking the forgiveness needed, and offering the forgiveness needed. In this process, we are vulnerable. It requires honesty that can be difficult. Working something out with someone else, with ourselves, or with God can involve deep connection and understanding.
Forgiveness brings us together. We become more intimate with another because of the honesty and vulnerability that is needed when pursing forgiveness. Maybe what holds us back from pursuing forgiveness is our fear of intimacy. With true selves. With one another. And with God.
Lectionary readings for the day:
Genesis 15:1-6, 12-18
Prayer: May we be willing to live more deeply pursuing forgiveness and the intimacy that comes with it. Amen.