Lent Wk 3rd: Tuesday,  Tuesday, 6th March,2018  (Mt 18:21-25a,27-28a,29-30,32-33)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Forgiveness: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaimed that it is imperative that we forgive others, as God forgives us totally and unconditionally.  Jesus adds that we lack forgiveness because we lack gratitude to God for His Mercy.  But, if we have deep gratitude to God, we will have the strength to forgive even though the hurts are deep.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Peter went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times. 

‘And so the kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants. When the reckoning began, they brought him a man who owed ten thousand talents; he had no means of paying. And the servant's master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt. 

‘Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow-servant who owed him one hundred denarii. His fellow-servant fell at his feet and appealed to him, saying, “Be patient with me and I will pay you.” But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt. 

‘Then the master sent for the man and said to him, “You wicked servant, I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me. Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow-servant just as I had pity on you?” ’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •Today’s parable teaches us to forgive at all times and to value the mercy and magnanimity that God has shown us.  The first servant failed to appreciate this; that was why he treated his fellow servant badly. 

  • •Today’s Gospel also teaches us that God does not harbour our sins so that He can punish us for them.  He willing forgives all our sins if we are repentant.

  • •However, we human beings tend to harbour and bear grudge on people who have hurt us.  Let us always remember how God have always forgiven our sins.