Today’s Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
There is a passage in the book Divine Healing Path: Old Catholic Catechism that, when talking about this parable, says “true reconciliation and healing come to the church by God’s grace, as we forgive even as we are forgiven!” Think about that!
But in the parable, the servant who is so cruel to the person who owed him a small amount, was just forgiven by his Master, whom he owed so much more. How on earth can anyone reconcile that lack of humility and mercy? I don’t know.
I come from an abusive childhood. I have questioned friends and even priests. “How could I EVER forgive that?” I remember the first time I read this passage as an adult; it felt like such a slap in the face. My thoughts were along the lines of, “How could GOD be saying I was wrong for not forgiving my abusers? How could I have to forgive those who hurt me? “
As we mature, we realize the rules are not up to us. Much as God asks us, we teach our children to forgive as God has forgiven, however many times it takes. Forgiveness is an essential part of healing. Forgiveness is about mercy and humility. It’s about learning to set aside one’s ego and find peace.
What if God looked on us and said, “why should I forgive you?” ? How devastating would that be? As Christians we have NO RIGHT not to forgive. Whatever it is, we must forgive – even if the person doesn’t ask for it. We have to do it so our hearts and souls can heal. We have to do it so that we are deserving of God’s forgiveness.
God clearly says, there will be no forgiveness shown us if we don’t forgive others. Ask yourself if there is someone you haven’t forgiven and forgive him or her. The peace you find will be worth it.
Dear Lord, lead me to be as merciful towards others as You are with me. Let me never tire of asking for Your forgiveness or of giving forgiveness to others – however many times it takes.
Copyright 2017 Emily Davis
Emily Davis is a Catholic convert. Homeschool mom. Grandmother. Religious Ed Teacher. Paper Crafter. Lives in Fort Worth. She writes about food, faith, life, finances, homeschooling and crafting at davishomemarysmantle.blogspot.com
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