permissiveness and compassion
“Be compassionate, as your Father is compassionate.” —Luke 6:36
Today’s readings speak of an ever-increasing awareness of sin. Sin eventually results in being “brought very low” (Ps 79:8). Nations and people that rebel against God (see Dn 9:9) will eventually reap the harvest of sin, that is, disaster and death (see Rm 6:23). As Jesus says, the measure that rebels measure with will eventually be measured right back to them (Lk 6:38).
In the secular culture, to stand up against sin and immorality is considered an act of “hate.” Yet it is not love to allow (let alone encourage) a person to speed headlong toward disaster. The secular culture considers permissiveness a good thing. Holding moral standards is considered intolerance. Yet the Church teaches: “So-called moral permissiveness rests on an erroneous assumption of human freedom” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2526).
The true follower of Jesus can never encourage a lost sheep to wander directly into the danger of sin rather than toward the loving protection of the Good Shepherd. In this context, permissiveness can be seen as an act of indifference, which is the opposite of love. Compassion does not judge the motivation of the sinner and does not ignore the effects of sin; rather, compassion embraces the lost sheep and stands ever-ready to rescue that sheep from the consequences of his or her rebellion (Lk 15:4-5).
Disciples of Christ, “be compassionate, as your Father is compassionate” (Lk 6:36).
Prayer: Father, teach me to know the truth and speak it in love and compassion (see Eph 4:15).
Promise: “The measure you measure with will be measured back to you.” —Lk 6:38
Praise: Peter takes part in many wholesome activities in his youth group, including frequent Confession.
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