Gospel Reflection | Twenty-fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time


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."

Mt 18:21-35


Praised be Jesus Christ!

The Scripture the Church puts before us today gives us an opportunity to reflect upon our relationship with Our Lord and others.

St. Paul, in his Letter to the Romans, asks us for whom we are living. He asks us if we live for ourselves or for the Lord. It's an important question to ask ourselves.

This perspective allows us to reflect in a deeper way on the Gospel. Forgiveness is part of the way of God, not the way of the world. Prior to Christ, the idea of an eye for an eye was very common. If you wronged me, I will wrong you in the same way in return. However, Jesus Himself denounces that idea. Instead, he wants us to forgive and continue to forgive.

Today, we hear the words from the Book of Sirach that "wrath and anger are hateful things," and remember that this world is passing away. May we use this Sunday as a moment to reset and to turn all that we do to the Lord so that we can live for Him and in harmony with our neighbors.

As always, know of my prayers before Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

+Bishop Schlert


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