8/11/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:21-19:1
21 Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
23 That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
24 When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
25 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.
26 At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
27 Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.
28 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.’
29 Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
30 But he refused. Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison until he paid back the debt.
31 Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair.
32 His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
33 Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’
34 Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt.
35 So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.”
1 When Jesus finished these words, he left Galilee and went to the district of Judea across the Jordan.
8/11/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection: Matthew 18:21-30
Forgiveness is the only way to reconcile with one another. It is the only way to attain real peace of mind. As some people would say, it is not actually for the benefit of the other person but for the one who forgives. Yet forgiveness can be for the benefit of everybody. If all of us learn to forgive, there will be real peace.
Although it is a complicated process and therefore difficult, forgiveness is really not an impossible thing to do. With the help of the Holy Spirit who can melt our hearts and clear our minds, we can readily forgive. What is necessary is our willingness to reconcile.
Indeed, we commit sin every now and then. Thus we needed to be forgiven every now and then. God does that. He does not count the number of times we make mistakes. He is now calling us to do the same. He is calling us to forgive without counting the number of times we do it. Thus we become reconciled with Him and with one another.