4th Sunday in Kingdomtide
Crossing Over: From Bondage To Freedom
Let me share with you a story which some of you may have already heard, it’s about the famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci.
When he started painting the Last Supper, he had a heated argument with a fellow painter. In his bitterness, Da Vinci determined to paint the face of his enemy into the face of Judas as his way of expressing his revenge and anger. When he finished it, almost everybody recognized the face of his enemy whom he quarreled with. But when the time came to paint the face of Jesus, he could make no progress, it became so hard for him to concentrate on what he was doing. Something seemed to baffle him, held him back and frustrated his best efforts. Then he realized that what made him experience that kind of frustration was because of what he did to his enemy. Da Vinci, then decided to forgive. He re-painted the face of Judas. It was only then that he was able to paint the face of Jesus with such a realization that it stands acclaimed even today. What lesson does the story give us? It tells us that we cannot live out the life of Jesus if we have an
unforgiving heart, or, if we keep grudges against others.
Brothers and sisters, human forgiveness is possible because we have already been freed by God’s forgiveness. Then, when we forgive, the more we will feel and experience that we are even more free. We are free to make a new beginning. And we know in our hearts that life will be all right again even when someone has done something indescribably wrong against us. Let us forgive and ask forgiveness. And we will find that truth that doing so has made us free. Only then will we experience peace, joy and the fullness of life.