St. Paul writes that Christ Jesus was a man like us in all things but sin.
Obviously, our point of greatest dissimilarity to Christ is our sinfulness.
Conversely, because we all live in a fallen world, we all suffer the experience of being sinned against. And we as individuals experience this with varying degrees of innocence, but when compared to Christ, we are all much closer in guilt to each other than we are to his innocence.
Regarding this business of being sinned against, it is a reality as certain as the cliche about death and taxes. It is something we must learn to deal with. We must never agree to or enable or cooperate with sin of any kind, whether against ourselves or others. Yet it remains that we need to come to terms with, in a sort of acceptance yet not any agreement, the fact we will be sinned against, if not outright persecuted (which Christ instructs us, his followers, to expect).
Make no mistake about it: sin is evil. Yet Christ taught us how to overcome the evil of being sinned against: on the Cross. He both trusted and showed the triumph of Divine Mercy. He embodied it, in fact. Blessed John Paul II says that Divine Mercy shows us the limit of evil.
It’s as if the Cross of Christ is a virtual stop sign against evil. It says evil may go this far–to the point of murdering God–but no farther! And that the murderers themselves (in a sense, all of us) can be included in the forgiveness!
This is why the Cross is so much more than an emblem or logo of Christianity. It is a sign of profound hope in the midst of every reason to despair.
Without a doubt, we all need to learn how to deal with being sinned against. This is the way. The lesson of God’s mercy is there, standing as a beacon, like a lighthouse, inviting us to let Divine Mercy take up residence within us and enable us to participate in the triumph of good over evil.
It is in this way that our dissimilarity to Christ begins to be erased.
Imagine if we all embraced this approach. The unity Christ prayed for his followers to have would become an unmistakable reality.