Another great moment for me in Arizona was meeting Rich and Gail McNeeley. They are a wonderful couple who, along with two of their children, drove 100 miles to have breakfast with us. Ok, so it happened to be Gail’s birthday and her family was taking her shopping. Still, I like to think that at least a few of those miles were driven in anticipation of meeting with more iMonks.
Anyway, as we were sharing breakfast together, Rich said he had a suggestion for Difficult Scriptures—the above passage from the gospel of John. Rich wanted to know how it is that we are given the power to forgive or retain sins committed by others, and how this relates to the receiving of the Holy Spirit.
So now is when we turn this over to you, the faithful community that make up the iMonastery. What do you think? If this really is so, if we really do have the power to decide who is forgiven and who is not, does that humble you? How do we handle such power? And how does this relate to the receiving of the Holy Spirit?
Help us out, iMonks.