Abraham had just heard that God intended to destroy all the residents living in Sodom because of their wickedness. And as the two other men departed toward the city to destroy it, Abraham approaches the third (God) to ask for the lives of those in the city. He poses his question to God, “will you indeed destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty … forty-five … forty … thirty … twenty … ten righteous people there?”
Would God spare the town for the sake of ten righteous people? This language should sound familiar for those of you who were with us on Day 3 and Day 4, where in the story of Noah and the flood, Noah was the righteous one for whose sake God spared the human race. At the same time, in today’s story, we are learning a lesson about the communicable effects of sin; sin has an impact on the whole community. Although it may seem that behind closed doors our sin in private; in reality, its consequences shadow the whole community, and there is need for cleansing, to repair the breach. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance), we are given the opportunity to receive spiritual healing from our sin, and makes it possible to also heal the wound of community.
May God bless you!