“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 3:34
If there is one thing that annoys me, it is those people who caused me much hurt and damage. Many of us have been wounded a time or two before – a broken heart, a betrayal of a friend, an ever growing ‘haters’ fandom- we are all susceptible of getting hurt. I may not retaliate often, but when I do, I make sure it is a one time, big time smash on that person’s pride.
There is only one man who, despite of being accused of lying and blasphemy and being murdered by the crowd he used to preach for, never harbored ill will against them but instead interceded for them to the Heavenly Father, and that’s Jesus Christ.
Isn’t it a wonder how he was able to control his anger towards the mob that crucified him? The answer is simple. Compassion. Jesus saw the people not as killers, but victims. They didn’t know what they were doing like “sheep without a Shepherd”. Our world is likened to this metaphor of Christ. It is like a sheep that has gone astray and is waiting to be found. That is why for us who already know who our Good Shepherd is, we are commanded to share him with others.
May it be our prayer that in these dark times, we may be able to find the True Light, and that’s Jesus Christ. May we be able to share his salvation to others so that they too, may have life and have it abundantly.