September 16, 2017
24th Sunday - A (September 17, 2017)
Last Sunday, Jesus instructed us on reconciliation. This week, we continue with Chapter 18 of Matthew. And now, Jesus speaks of forgiveness.
There is no reconciliation without forgiveness.
And there is no forgiveness when I fail to recognize that the offender and I are both sinners, indebted to God. This might be one way of applying the parable of the unforgiving servant. The offender and I are both “fellow servants.” We are both indebted to God, and have both received God’s forgiveness.
Moreover, as St. Paul reminds us in today’s 2nd reading, not only has God forgiven us, by Jesus’ death, God has given us life.
When we forgive, we allow God’s mercy and generosity come to life in us.
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