Matthew 18: 21- 35
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
In this parable there is a key element missing in the servant’s life. It is the virtue of gratitude. Gratitude would have made the difference. The extravagance on the king’s part reflects the boundless mercy of God in forgiving all our sins through the action of Jesus’ death upon the Cross. Jesus washes away our sins for the asking. Therefore St. Paul has said: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 ESV)
In gratitude, then, for what God has done for us in Christ, may we ask the question: “Out of the mercies that I have received from God both spiritually and materially, what may I do for Jesus, for my friend, for my neighbour, for the stranger?”
Lord Jesus, may I give of myself as freely as I have received from you. Amen.