“And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.’”
Would you be merciful?
Then you must use this bifocal lens—
we all have it, you know—
the ability to see what is whole
and forever free of any impediment
in each face that comes before us.
What is the forgiveness of sin
but a recognition
of the eternal perfection
that will always trump
the relative, the passing.