Daily Homily 2014-08-14

The gift of forgiveness.

Jesus teaches Peter and us in this gospel today that true forgiveness has no limits because it is rooted in God's love which is infinite. When Peter asked Jesus if he should forgive up to seven times he was thinking from the flesh, from his own human strength. For man it is impossible to continue to forgive but with God's grace all things are possible. God forgives us in Jesus so we can forgive others. We pray this truth of our catholic faith every time we say the Our Father. "and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Forgiveness is not an option for disciples of Jesus, it is the essence of who we are. As Jesus says in Luke 6:37, "Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Go to confession and receive God's forgiveness for yourself and then share that merciful forgiveness with everyone you meet.

 

Remember God loves you.

Proclaim his love to others.

 

Gospel

Matthew 18:21-35-19:1

21 Then came Peter unto him and said: Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times.

23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a king, who would take an account of his servants.

24 And when he had begun to take the account, one was brought to him, that owed him ten thousand talents.

25 And as he had not wherewith to pay it, his lord commanded that he should be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26 But that servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27 And the lord of that servant being moved with pity, let him go and forgave him the debt.

28 But when that servant was gone out, he found one of his fellow servants that owed him an hundred pence: and laying hold of him, throttled him, saying: Pay what thou owest.

29 And his fellow servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he paid the debt.

31 Now his fellow servants seeing what was done, were very much grieved, and they came and told their lord all that was done.

32 Then his lord called him; and said to him: Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all the debt, because thou besoughtest me:

33 Shouldst not thou then have had compassion also on thy fellow servant, even as I had compassion on thee?

34 And his lord being angry, delivered him to the torturers until he paid all the debt.

35 So also shall my heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.

19:1 And it came to pass when Jesus had ended these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judea, beyond Jordan.

 

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Prodigal Son, 1669, Rembrandt

Prodigal Son, 1669, Rembrandt