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THEME: We are called to forgive others as Jesus forgives
Gospel : Matthew 18:21-35
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, "Lord, if my brother
sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as
seven times?" Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven
times but seventy-seven times. 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. 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.' Falling to his knees, his fellow servant
begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'
But he refused. Instead, he had the fellow servant put in
prison until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair. 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 anger his 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."
Question for Children: Jesus says we should forgive from our heart. When did you ask forgiveness of someone you hurt? How did you feel?
Question for Youth: Jesus challenges us to forgive. Who needs your forgiveness? From whom do you need to ask forgiveness?
Question for Adults: Jesus tells us to forgive seventy times seven, which means always and forever. Name a time this past week when you forgave someone. Name, too, a time when you accepted another person’s forgiveness.