Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 17 – 23 June 2018
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
– Luke 23:34
How many times have you thought of taking matters into your own hands when someone did something wrong against you? It is a common situation for us and there are numerous cases wherein we decided to “get even” against them.
In a school somewhere in Quezon City in the Philippines, a fight broke out when a boy took another boy’s food during the recess time. Wanting revenge, the victim punched the bully’s face straight into the nose. As a result of the injury, the two boys were sent into a guidance counselor for intervention. The parents met and upset about what happened. Wanting to defend each other’s child, the parents had an argument. The problem which started because of bullying suddenly became an embarrassing commotion.
In these times were injustice seems to be prevalent in our society, it is tempting that we take things into our own hands and avenge our helplessness. There is a desire to “get even” to release the anger and the fury that the other person has committed. The problem is, this thinking of wanting to avenge oneself can lead into bigger problems similar to the story above.
Jesus Christ set an example for us to follow when faced in a situation when we want to get revenge: Pray for them and love them. He was crucified by the Jews and the Roman soldiers in Calvary. Being the Son of God means He has the power to at least show them that they were wrong of accusing Him. Instead, He humbly accepted the cross and forgave those who were instrumental in sending Him to the Calvary, stating that “they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
Injustice is all around us, God understands our deepest emotions and knows our desire to avenge ourselves. But only He can give the justice we long maybe not here in this world but in afterlife. Only He has the right to judge us, for His wisdom is never ending.
The best response to evil is love.