My favorite show on television right now is the USA Network’s Monk. I’ve plunked down money for three seasons of this show on DVD and don’t regret it for a minute. What has surprised me over the last several months as I’ve watched the episodes is some of the keen theological insights offered when you least expect. From a Season Four Xmas episode, Sgt. Stottlemeyer is convinced someone tried to kill him after a fellow cop dies of strychnine poisoning, poison injected into a bottle of wine given to Stottlemeyer as a Xmas gift.
Stottlemeyer is convinced that the culprit is an old nemesis whose brother he killed in the line of duty. But the suspect is hiding out in a church sanctuary. Stottlemeyer brings a gang of armed officers who look like they’re prepared to storm the church to get this guy.
So who does he meet instead? A nun.
She disarms him with a powerful statement that has stuck with me since I heard it:
The most complete revenge that exists is forgiveness.
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