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    As we forgive those… 

    In today’s Gospel we continue with chapter 18 of Matthew’s Gospel. In this special section Matthew presents Jesus’ vision for the Church. What does it mean to be members of the Church? What is the heart of the Church’s identity & mission? Quite simply, to be a Christian means to live in imitation of Jesus Christ and to be part of the Church’s mission to continue Christ’s own work of building the Kingdom of God here on earth and so to prepare the world for His second coming. In chapter 18 Matthew shows how we are to do this by presenting Jesus’ teaching on living lives of service, on avoiding sin, on being compassionate in imitation of the Good Shepherd, on being people of prayer and, as we heard last week, on taking responsibility as individuals and as a community to correct those who are going astray. In today’s passage we read about the necessity of forgiveness. The readiness to forgive others as we ourselves have been forgiven by God should be a key sign of our Christian life.

    Simon Peter (who obviously had problems with forgiving others!) asks Jesus how often we should be prepared to forgive and suggests that perhaps we should be ready to do so as often as seven times. Jesus amazes him, however, by replying, “Not seven, I tell you, but seventy seven times!” In other words, for Christians there should be no limit to forgiveness – challenging words! He then tells the story of the servant who is himself forgiven a huge debt by his master but then refuses to forgive the much smaller debt of another servant. This is the first lesson – nothing that we have to forgive others can even remotely compare with what we have been forgiven by God. Secondly Jesus is teaching that we must forgive in order to be forgiven – as he says in the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” We have been forgiven a debt beyond all paying – for human sin brought about the death of God’s own Son – and so we must forgive others as God forgives us, otherwise we cannot expect to find mercy. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, freed and saved!

    With prayers and blessings, Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem and the parish team.
    Posted 16 Sep 2017, 18:00 by G OLOFC
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