The un­for­giv­ing ser­vant

The Freeman - - OPINION -

To­day is the 24th Sun­day in Or­di­nary Time and once again, to­day’s gospel read­ing is the Para­ble of the Un­for­giv­ing Ser­vant, which the Lord Je­sus Christ used as his unique way of teach­ing his dis­ci­ples the ways of heaven. To­day’s gospel comes from Matt.18:21-35.

“21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how of­ten shall my brother sin against me and I for­give him? Up to seven times?” 22 Je­sus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to sev­enty times seven. 23 “For this rea­son the king­dom of heaven may be com­pared to a king who wished to set­tle ac­counts with his slaves.

24 When he had be­gun to set­tle them, one who owed him ten thou­sand tal­ents was brought to him. 25 But since he did not have the means to re­pay, his lord com­manded him to be sold, along with his wife and chil­dren and all that he had, and re­pay­ment to be made. 26 So the slave fell to the ground and pros­trated him­self be­fore him, say­ing, ‘Have pa­tience with me and I will re­pay you ev­ery­thing.’ 27 And the lord of that slave felt com­pas­sion and re­leased him and for­gave him the debt.

28 But that slave went out and found one of his fel­low slaves who owed him a hun­dred denarii; and he seized him and be­gan to choke him, say­ing, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ 29 So his fel­low slave fell to the ground and be­gan to plead with him, say­ing, ‘Have pa­tience with me and I will re­pay you.’ 30 But he was un­will­ing and went and threw him in prison un­til he should pay back what was owed. 31 So when his fel­low slaves saw what had hap­pened, they were deeply grieved and came and re­ported to their lord all that had hap­pened.

32 Then sum­mon­ing him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I for­gave you all that debt be­cause you pleaded with me. 33 Should you not also have had mercy on your fel­low slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ 34 And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the tor­tur­ers un­til he should re­pay all that was owed him. 35 My heav­enly Fa­ther will also do the same to you, if each of you does not for­give his brother from your heart.”

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