Sunday, September 3, 2023

#246 / Past And Future


That is Catholic Bishop Robert Barron, pictured above. The Bishop publishes daily reflections on the Bible, and I was struck by the Gospel Reflection  he published on July 21, 2023, in which he commented on Matthew 12:1-8. Specifically, the Bishop said this: 

Every saint had a past, and every sinner has a future.
Ignoring, completely, the Biblical and religious context in which this statement is presented (or not; your choice), it seems to me that these are wise words for all of us to keep in mind. 

What they say, at least to me - and I take them for the truth - is that human freedom is our inevitable condition; this freedom is our gift, desired or not. The category that controls our existence is "possibility." Because we can do something new, something never thought of our done before, there is no "inevitability" that controls our destiny. 

To forget that (if we do forget it) is to experience the loss of what is most wonderful about being alive.

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