The Theology of the Cross does not command or coerce the neighbor to tough it out, to suffer the weight and burden of the Law and the consequences of his sin.
The Theology of the Cross bears the neighbor's frailties, faults and failings with compassion; patiently suffers the neighbor in peace; willingly carries the neighbor's burdens in love; quietly compensates for the neighbor's weaknesses, while covering his shame and honoring him; and freely forgives the neighbor all his sins.
The Theology of the Cross does not expose the neighbor's nakedness, but reveals the heart of God in Christ.
Homily at Evening Prayer (last night)
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