Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 18,21-35
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused. Instead, he had him put in prison until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.”
Do not be miserable with your brother since we have been forgiven
- How many times must you forgive? If there is something hard to do is to forgive. We often feel we are being fooled, but we must change this perspective because the process of forgiveness is when someone is looking to lessen their burden in their soul and what to change for the better not holding regret inside. We often think that forgiveness is for the weak that fall and what to get up, but not for the wicked that only seek justification.
- The forgiveness of the king: The king acts with justice, but at the request and a change of mind he takes the option of forgiveness. This is similar to our relationship with God, how many times do ask God for forgiveness for all the sins big and small that you commit. You are the only one who knows the mistakes you have committed. Your mistakes that will never see the light of day. God puts them all in the cross and takes them all. Why? Because God loves us unconditionally.
- The misery of not being forgiven: The gospel shows us that a person that is forgiven does not have the same curtesy with his brother, the amounts in the Gospel are absurd. It shows you that the person is not willing to forgive even the smallest crumbs of this brother. We are like this. We are forgiven by God and we are not willing to forgive others. You block them out or are not willing to talk to them. God is always willing to give you an infinite number of opportunities to forgive you and you are not willing to do the same for others. Please do not be miserable with others. Have mercy as God has mercy with you too.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
And remember, Heaven is our goal!