Tuesday, August 25, 2009
compassion without limits
There's lots of controversy at the moment around the release of the Lockerbie bomber. The bombing was a terrible criminal act. But my instinct is that the Scottish Government has done a good thing in granting compassionate release, however unpopular or difficult the decision, however inappropriately received.
I am rooted in the Jesus story - and it seems to me that the Teacher-Healer's life, death and resurrection was an story of compassion without limit. The extent of his compassion shocked many people - "does he not realise what kind of woman she is" - surprised even his own disciples, and was not dependent on the spirit in which it was received.
It's so important that we don't become like the bad stuff we want to resist. We need to live the grace that we talk about. Here's a link to the statement by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.
The pic is a favourite icon of mine - 'Christ and the friend' - very early [5th C?] God help me to become and remain compassionate.