Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Ancient Story… Still Relevant

A brother at Scetis committed a fault. A council was called to which Abba Moses was invited, but he refused to go to it. Then the priest sent someone to say to him, "Come, for everyone is waiting for you." So he got up and went. He took a leaking jug, filled it with water and carried it with him. The others came out to meet him and said to him, "What is this, Father?" The old man said to them, "My sins run out behind me, and I do not see them, and today I am coming to judge the errors of another." When they heard that they said no more to the brother but forgave him.

We are all broken and need healing. We are all individually, as well as collectively responsible for the state of the world and humanity as it is. We all have stories of injustices committed toward us, and we tell them often. These are real to life, and not to be undermined, but do we have any stories of forgiveness to tell?

Everywhere and anywhere you are, greet one another with a holy kiss. A kiss of peace and forgiveness…

Love and humility. Spread it.

Desert Father, Saint Moses the Black or Abba Moses the Robber, was an ascetic monk and priest in Egypt in the fourth century AD (330–405)