Christians must forgive Jesus

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo


We often talk about how Christians should forgive one another. We pray about it daily, when we say the Our Father.

But when Jesus forgives sinners, it is also necessary that we forgive them.

This irks us on those occasions where we nurture in our own hearts hatred for sinners.

In these cases, we also need to forgive Jesus for being more merciful that we would have Him be. And if we truly forgive Jesus, we must admit that it is not He who has committed a fault, but us, who have been too self righteous to be willing that God forgive this or that sinner.

When the Catholics of Rome elected the Monothelite heretic Eugene I, or the antipope Leo VIII, as pope, without doubt there were Catholics who at that time did not accept it.

We are in a double replay.

Catholics need to learn to forgive, and we can only do this with the humility to let Jesus forgive sinners and the  Church of Rome to decide for Herself, who shall be Her Shepherd. That’s been fine for Jesus for 2000 years.

It should be fine for us, too.

The title of this article may sound ridiculous. But it is more ridiculous that some Christians judge Jesus and want Him to run the Church as they want it to run. So this title is phrased from within their warped egocentric mentality, like a fishing hook lowered into the depths of sin and pride, to catch a big fish, who needs the mercy of the light at the bait of a sharp movement of the mouth.

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6 thoughts on “Christians must forgive Jesus”

  1. I get the title. Everyone thinks they know better than Jesus does, so if Jesus isn’t doing the expected, leaving the flock entirely would be unmerciful towards Christ.

    His mercy endures forever and ours is lucky to last for an hour.

    I catch myself forgetting I don’t know better than God in my own life almost daily in response to the challenges in my own life as God says, lay low, go slow, not yet, no, go here, do this, then do that, wait, sit, run, it’s ok, walk yes there is a cliff walk anyway, wait under this tree, okay, now go–all by the way the winds of life blow and the waters in the river of life move along the shore of the world.

    I think this is part of knowing what it means to be still and know God is God. He is the Good Shepherd, after all. . . making a way for the entire flock, not just the snow white ones. . . somehow, perhaps, yes.

  2. The story of the prodigal son is famous among those who read scripture. Everyone focuses on the mercy of the loving father who received home his son who was lost in sin. Few are comfortable with the older son’s role in the story. In reality, many Christians and especially cradle Catholics, if honest, are like the older son. If we listen to his words, he scolds his father, speaks of “slaving” for him for years, and complains that he is not celebrated before others. He resents the father’s mercy, love, and forgiveness of his younger son. He resents that his brother’s return is a source of joy and relief for the father. In effect, he does not love his own brother. He has no mercy. He is envious of his father’s love for the profligate son. Jesus came to SAVE humanity! This is at the heart of his passion, death, and resurrection. He came to reconcile humanity to the Father and to feed us, care for us, and make us holy through the ministry of the church he established. Envy is a deadly sin. It has no false allure, as the others may seem to have. Along with pride, envy robs us of love, empathy, compassion, and the ability to rejoice at someone’s good fortune. I see this in myself at times, in my own children at times, and in many /Christians/Catholics. Jesus flips the tables of our own thinking, and we are uncomfortable, become angry with him. Let us pray for one another, that we will rejoice when the lost are found and the dead are brought back to life. We must die to ourselves and live in Christ, with Christ, for Christ, and because of Christ Jesus.

  3. Let us follow the examples of Our Lady, St John, Ananias and other Saints who forgave the major betrayer and a major persecutor of early Christians.

    Consider how the Blessed Virgin Mary and St John accepted St Peter as the Vicar of Christ, even after his earlier betrayal of Jesus. St Peter and St John had already reconciled and were working together by Acts 3:1.

    Acts chapters 7-9 cover Saul’s enthusiastic persecution of Christians, his dramatic and sudden conversion by Christ, and the beginning of his own persecutions for Christ.

    In particular, read Acts 7:51 (first Christian martyr, St Stephen is speaking to the Sanhedrin) to Acts 8:4 (Saul approving) and Acts 9:1-31 (Saul’s conversion, early persecution and first period of peace for the Church).

    See how Ananias and other Christians forgave Saul, even after his literal persecution of other Christians and prior intention to persecute them, also – most likely to death.

    Following extracts courtesy of

    Acts 7:51-8:4
    Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition

    51 You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you also.

    52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One; of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers:

    53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

    54 Now hearing these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed with their teeth at him.

    55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looking up steadfastly to heaven, saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. And he said: Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

    56 And they crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran violently upon him.

    57 And casting him forth without the city, they stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul.

    58 And they stoned Stephen, invoking, and saying: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    59 And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord. And Saul was consenting to his death.

    8 And at that time there was raised a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all dispersed through the countries of Judea, and Samaria, except the apostles.

    2 And devout men took order for Stephen’s funeral, and made great mourning over him.

    3 But Saul made havock of the church, entering in from house to house, and dragging away men and women, committed them to prison.

    4 They therefore that were dispersed, went about preaching the word of God.

    26 And when he was come into Jerusalem, he essayed to join himself to the disciples; and they all were afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.

    27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and told them how he had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken to him; and how in Damascus he had dealt confidently in the name of Jesus.

    28 And he was with them coming in and going out in Jerusalem, and dealing confidently in the name of the Lord.

    29 He spoke also to the Gentiles, and disputed with the Greeks; but they sought to kill him.

    30 Which when the brethren had known, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him away to Tarsus.

    31 Now the church had peace throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria; and was edified, walking in the fear of the Lord, and was filled with the consolation of the Holy Ghost.

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