Pentecost +2 - Year B
There is not much worse than being rejected by your family. Being sent into exile as a person with no family or nation calls everything you know about yourself into question. It is a great temptation to do whatever you need to do to get back in the good graces of your identified primary unit.
It is this threat of psycho-social death that allows discriminations and official harm to continue past their time. We aren’t up to challenging that which needs challenging because the cost to us is too great. Mostly we will not abide exile.
This is the great iniquity: that we saw harm going on and we did not oppose it for fear that we would be ostracized.
Forgiveness, then, is tied with returning to an opportunity for confrontation and doing so.
This is not a matter of waiting, but of proceeding. May you hearken again to your favorite prophet of days gone by or of the present. In renewing your relationship with one who claims harm is actually happening and points to where good might yet flourish, you, too, are redeemed. Blessings.