19th Week, Ordinary Time (Year A) : Thursday 17th August, 2023

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

God’s Merciful Love: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaims that the “Kingdom of Heaven” is God’s Merciful Love for all who have sinned, and who repents with sincerity.  However, to receive God’s Mercy, we are expected to be merciful towards others.  Ponder on, “If we take God’s Mercy for granted, we will not be as merciful as Jesus has shown us.”

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Matthew 18:23-25a, 27-29a, 30b, 32-35

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘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; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him, saying, “Pay what you owe me.” His fellow-servant fell at his feet and appealed to him. 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?” And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt.

‘And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’