Monday, May 18, 2009

Saying of the Desert Christians: Judging Others 4


A brother sinned and the priest ordered him to go out of the church; abba Bessarion got up and went out with him, saying, "I, too, am a sinner."

Some thoughts:

Is there really anything I could say that would make this Saying any clearer?

Here in TEC, if any are following the rather unedifying squabbles going on, there are those who would deny the Sacraments to a certain group because they are sinners.

Excuse me? I beg your pardon? What Christian is not a sinner?

It is very human to want revenge or to see wrong doers punished. Abba Bessarion teaches us that when one sinner is punished, then so must the rest of us also, What I think the Desert Christians teach us is that each of us has quite enough to do dealing with our sin. If we are busy enough repenting and learning to do better, then where would we have the spare time to worry about someone else's sin?


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