Now that is a beautiful and Christ-like comment; it respects the dignity of the human person as well as the rules. That comment manages to be “both/and” instead of “either/or” while assuming nothing, nor passing judgement.
We are all learning how to read God’s law, some better than others. Sometimes people are unaware of the law. Sometimes the words printed on the page will not be enough for a person to understand. Sometimes we are all just sounding out the words, the syllables clattering to the ground and suddenly, in one beautiful moment, it all comes together.
I will freely admit that in many areas of my life, I am still just a “noisy gong and a clashing cymbal” (1 Cor 13:1). I, like all of you, read the sounds of the words but they do not always come together in my mind and heart. I hope others forgive me and understand that while I may not be able to read some words, they too are not able to read others. With God’s help, we teach one another. With God’s help, we don’t make assumptions about another person’s spiritual life or closeness with God. With God’s help, we challenge one another in a way that respects the dignity of every human being, made in the image and likeness of God.
With God’s help, we are Christ to every single person on the planet, with no exceptions.
[Editor’s Note: Take the Daily Poll, Related to this Piece: While “admonishing” the sinner, do you fall into judgement? When you do fall into judgement, how do you take being “admonished” for it?]
Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, is the author of The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church. She recently pronounced her first vows with the Daughters of Saint Paul. She blogs at Pursued by Truth.