At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: “But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother. And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand. And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican. Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you shall consent upon earth, concerning anything whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven. For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Then came Peter unto him and said: “Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” Jesus saith to him: “I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times.” Matthew 18:15-22
How do you forgive someone who hates you?
And how can you forgive when the offense is to deny the essence of your soul, and deny that you too were created in the image of God?
I don’t know what the response should be. I’d love to be able to answer this, but I can’t.
There are people in the world who believe that people are victims, that victims like being victims and benefit from being a victim. These are generally people who don’t like to admit they are perpetrators.
The talk right now in Regina has to do with one small congregation of evangelicals whos pastor has preached a sermon. I don’t want to talk about the sermon. I don’t want to name the pastor, or the church, and give them any publicity: they want the publicity. Sermons like this are preached precisely for publicity.
How do I, as a Christian, reach out to those who are queer? What role do I have to play in reconciliation? What does it even look like?
My heart aches.
This is what is loosed on earth. Heart ache, pain, division, derision. Suffering. This is not love. This is not the Gospel message.
From “Who We Are”, the web page of the Eucharistic Catholic Church:
As individuals, members of the ECE-ECC have made a decision to live out their Catholic Christian vocations and lives in a Church which allows them the possibility of living authentic lives according to their consciences.
We have taken a position of active witness in relation to these deeply held beliefs. Rather than advocate from within the Roman Church, we have chosen to “actualize” those beliefs outside of the institution. While this conscious choice separates us from our parent institution, our exile brings freedom to live authentically as a child of God and pursue a deepening commitment to spirituality and mission.
Our active witness is not carried out in a reactive manner, where every action and decision of the parent institution propels the exiled into renewed action fed by anger. Rather, our active witness is characterized by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, discerned through a practice of daily meditation and liturgical prayer centred on the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus offered to us in the Eucharist. This latter characteristic implies and necessitates an individual attention to the development of an adequate level of psycho-spiritual maturity.