NOT JUST REASONS
A reason is defined as a cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event. In many of life situations then, we find reason for actions, often before executing them. Even in situations where we did not fully think out an action, we equally search for reasons to ‘justify’ those actions. In essence, we seek for avenues to validate what we do.
Finding a reason gives as the opportunity to risk assess and to weigh the outcomes or consequences of the decisions we make or actions we take. This is because the reasons given will always be tied to the actions that followed, even in a court of law.
So as Jesus tells the Apostles in today’s Gospel ‘there will come a time when anyone who kills you would think they are doing God a favour’(John 16:2)
That was their reason and their validation for that specific course of action.
However, there is another side to this coin: ‘
reasons and validations neither eliminate responsibility nor do they cause the consequences of actions to dissipate. So while you reason, think about that.