Lent 4 - Year C
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Viewing one another from a human point of view – “intoxicated with the prospect of the worst” [Miss Garnet’s Angel by Sally Vickers] has been popular since G*D succumbed to a first temptation trap of making human’s in G*D’s image and setup a second temptation trap of G*D’s knowledge of good (some) and evil (more than some).
Yes, this suggests that if we can look through Christ-colored lenses, G*D can look through Human-colored lenses. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander; what’s good for a G*D image is good for a Human image.
Presuming transformation is possible, how do we see reconciling possibilities peeking out from behind our perceptions and beyond our prejudicial experiences? We can begin with preemptive mercy that starts with a metaphoric 490 minus-trespasses – so a particular trespass can’t possibly count against someone. A gift of minus-trespasses keeps us balanced, out of intoxicated prospects.
To be in this position of an excess of minus-trespasses is to have begun a new thing, teaching G*D and Neighbor about reconciliation. So we end this passage with a twist – For our sake, Jesus’ abundance of minus-trespasses sparks a new creation of minus-trespasses in us that reconciliation (the righteousness of G*D) might continue and deepen.