Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Garden Beyond Right and Wrong

What was Elijah’s failure? Among many, a sense of right and wrong that was so rigid and divisive that it burned bridges instead of building them; a sense of right and wrong that was too judgemental instead of being patiently and fraternally corrective; a sense of right and wrong that sought to kill than to heal. The “keener sense of right and wrong” that Jesus demands from us is to approach our sinning brothers and sisters from a wider vision and higher ground that seek to love, heal, embrace, and wait on. A keener sense that seeks to forgive seventy times seven and wait for the prodigal son to return, no questions asked. As wrote Sufi mystic, Rumi, “Somewhere beyond right and wrong, there is a garden. I will meet you there.” In other words, meet our failing brothers and sisters in the garden of the heart of God for whom everyone is his child. (See reflection on March 11).


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