Readings for Thursday August 13, 2009
First Reading: Joshua 3:7-10,11,13-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 114
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-19:1
That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. 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. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’ Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.
How many times have you or someone you know said, "I want to forgive, but it is just to hard." It is true, that it is difficult to forgive others who have wronged us, but I don't think that forgiveness is supposed to be hard. I believe that forgiveness is hard because we make it hard for ourselves. For some strange reason we don't want to let go of the memories or the wrongdoing against us. Part of this is a protective measure to make sure that no one can hurt us like that again. Part of it is that we tend to like to play the victim, but we must be very cautious of self-pit for it is an emotion that can trap us and make us unable to forgive.
The reason I say that forgiveness really isn't that hard, and that it is we that make it hard is because God calls us to forgive. God doesn't give us anything that we cannot handle, and He certainly would not tell us to forgive someone who wrongs us seventy seven times, unless we can handle it. I think that today's parable is not to jut teach us that we need to forgive like the Father does, but to also tell us too that it is easy to forgive that it is just a choice that we all need to make. The servant was shown just how easy it was to be forgiven by the king, but he did not take that lesson to heart, he only had his own selfish interests in mind. If only the servant would have realized that it is so much easier to forgive than to hold onto his greed.
We must remember how easily our Father in heaven forgives us each day. Shouldn't we be able to make this choice as well? I think that the more that we keep in mind how quick God is to forgive us, and the more that we do it, then forgiveness can be an action that comes more easily for us.
Father above, we thank you and praise you for the gift of this day. Lord help us to choose love and to be able to forgive those around us easier, as you forgive us each day. Lord we are not worthy of your mercy and forgiveness, but you still give it to us. Lord we thank you for your abundant love and mercy, help us to let your light shine through us so that others may come to know your truth. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Matt. 18:23-27)