Jesus tells us in the Gospel today that he did not “come to condemn the world but to save the world.” His implication here is that being condemned is our choice. God’s choice is that all of creation would come back to him, and be one in him. It is us – sinful men and women that we are – who can choose the wrong path and turn away from God. But even then, condemnation is not automatic because our God is incredibly forgiving. We can choose to return, and once again walk with God. We should never presume God’s mercy, but we have to do an awful lot of work to merit condemnation. It seems to me that condemnation is just not worth the trouble; maybe we can instead put all that hard work into building up the Church and God’s people. Why would we ever want anything else?
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