So, at the mission, we've been exploring the borders we might need to cross to encounter God and find living water and how many times God is waiting for us outside the comfort zone within our borders and how we often encounter God when we encounter others outside our normal boundaries, just like Jesus and disciples did in the unlikely place of Samaria.
Yesterday we were blessed to have Fr. John Felago, MM with us. He shared his experiences living in the Middle East and how in his encounters with Arab Muslims he learned about solidarity and in experiencing Islam, he was able to deepen his own faith and understanding of God. He showed a great video, Mosque, that generated interesting discussion about the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam.
Today in the Gospel, Peter asked Jesus how many times we must forgive someone who wronged us. Seven times seventy he told him. Seems like an awful lot. But as Fr. Bill Boteler, MM shared today, Jesus' concern may have been more for the victim of the wrong than the offender. What happens to us when we don't forgive?
We can do more damage to ourselves than the person who hurt us in the first place. Often times the greatest and most challenging borders we face are the walls of hurt we create to protect ourselves from harm. Inside those walls, anger can turn to resentment, a craving for revenge, that begin to eat away at us like a cancer. It can cause our hearts to dry up and turn to stone. It can keep us from from the living waters of God's love and grace.