The Blame Game

“We spend a lot of energy wondering who can be blamed for our own or other people’s tragedies – our parents, ourselves, the immigrants, the Jews, the gays, the blacks, the fundamentalists, the Catholics….

But Jesus doesn’t allow us to solve our own or other people’s problems through blame. The challenge he poses is to discern in the midst of our darkness the light of God. In Jesus’ vision everything, even the greatest tragedy, can become an occasion in which God’s works can be revealed.

How radically new my life would be if I were willing to move beyond blame to proclaiming the works of God…. All human beings have their tragedies…. We seldom have much control over them. But do we choose to live them as occasions to blame, or as occasions to see God at work?

Prayer For Today

My God and my refuge, strip away my habit of blaming – either others or myself – for any big or little tragedies in my life. Challenge me to move beyond the ‘blame game’ and to understand that these misfortunes and setbacks are not under my control. Teach me instead to live through these events and see them as fruitful opportunities for faith and love.

Amen” (Henri Nouwen).

It’s way easier to point the finger at others than to look in the mirror and realize that I could have acted differently or had a better attitude. I can’t control other people. I can only control my reactions and my responses. God won’t hold me accountable for how others treated me, but how I acted in return. It’s not my business how God will deal with the other person– only how He has shown mercy and grace to me time after time when I deserved judgment and wrath.

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