Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Are we helping or hurting the sinner?

"Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." (John 8:7) When we point the finger at someone else and the sin they have committed, gossiping about them to others or wishing harm to come to them as a result, there is the finger of God pointed back at us, and with His finger comes the Law of God crashing down upon us revealing all the times we have transgressed against Him. It is best to put away your stone and to walk away…. And then run to the Sacrament of Confession in order to seek God’s Mercy.

So many are afraid to help others who are stuck in sin thinking that they are judging them in the process but this is not so. There is one thing to point a finger at someone because they are sinning and leave them there and do nothing to help them out, but there is another thing, to point out the sin they are stuck in because you care and are genuinely concerned for them and therefore want to give them a hand to help them out of it. Therein lies the difference between the two. This first is an act of pride, selfishness, and a hardness of heart... while the other truly is an act of mercy. It is very unkind to see someone in a deep ditch, hurting and wounded, and to just walk by without saying a word or giving them a hand because you don't want to offend them. You have offended them all the more by your silence and lack of care by leaving them in the ditch to suffer and die.

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