Posted by: livingscripture | March 10, 2015

Third Tuesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!  I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.  Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’  Then in his anger, the master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt.  So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”   

 (Matthew 18: 32-35)   

How should we live this Wordunforgiving servant

We cannot live the Lenten journey authentically and realistically unless we choose to forgive.  The Gospel parable recounted by Jesus today can deeply move us when we think of the strong existing contradictions between the forgiveness we receive from God gratuitously and continually, and the hardness of our heart toward others when it is a question of forgiving them.

We hear the same words in both parts of the parable.  In the first, the servant who owed an astronomical sum of money to his master, begged, “Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full”, and the master had compassion on the servant and forgave him the entire debt.

In the second part, the pardoned servant hears the same words from the mouth of his companion who owed him a very small sum, “Be patient with me, and I will pay you back”.  However, he now hears the same plea he had just made to his master but he does not want to listen.  “But he refused to listen.  Instead, he had him put in prison until he paid back the debt”.

What a scandalous contrast that upsets us and makes us indignant.  Any yet, is not this the way we act and the feelings we have toward our sisters and brothers?

Let us be converted by Jesus’ words and learn mercy from His heart.  The proof that we have truly known God’s Love and that we have really experienced His mercy, is the joy given to us when we must forgive in our turn.  It is an expansive joy that does not come from us but from God’s life in us.  It is a sign of the Love we have known and perhaps the scar of our sins that have been forgiven and now become the source of forgiveness of others.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder my ease and willingness to forgive others, without harboring grudges or resentments, treating them as Jesus treats me.

Lord, let no one be excluded from my love when the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Love, is renewed in our midst so that we may incessantly live thanks to Your mercy.

The Voice of Jesus, our only True Teacher 

“If therefore, you are presenting your gift at the altar and you recall that your brother has something against you, leave your gift at the altar, and go to be reconciled with your brother, and then return and offer your gift” (Cf. Mt. 5: 23-24)

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