Updated: Apr 1
March 10, 2021
We briefly explored how the world would look if we honor others as we would want others to honor us, just as we honor God.
How can you honor the antagonists in your story?
This question may appear foolhardy, yet I challenge you to search within your heart of hearts to ascribe meaning to the concept of honoring those who we can easily classify as saint-makers. For those who are unfamiliar with the title, these are saintly people who encourage saint-like behavior. They could be a contentious family member, a relentless friend, or a cranky stranger. Perhaps you are a saint-maker for someone.
When someone harms you, have you ever responded with kindness?
We may not know how we affect others, just as others may not understand how we affect them. Jesus tells us that what comes out of our mouths comes from our hearts, instructing us to forgive each other from our hearts. I can attest to many moments where my heart produced words that generated feelings of shame and disappointment. Once more, I invite you to search deep within your heart of hearts to first honor yourself, then with enthusiasm, honor your saint-makers as their mission can be a holy one. May your heart be ready so that your words and/or actions reflect the saintly person you are becoming.
I may not personally know you, and you may or may not have affected me. However, I forgive you from my heart of hearts. Is it possible for you to forgive yourself at this moment?
These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.