Forgive others as God forgives us

Post date: Sep 15, 2017 2:26:28 PM

17 September 2017 ( 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time )

[Sirach 27:30-28:7] [Romans 14:7-9] [Matthew 18:21-35]

This week's gospel reading tells of a man who owed his master what is equivalent to tens of thousands of dollars today, and could not repay it. His master took pity on him and wrote off his debt. Yet when this same man met a fellow worker who owed him just a few hundred dollars, he demanded every cent back. Was it simply a case of lack of self- awareness? Some people would pick on the smallest faults in others but could never see that they themselves are a major irritation to other people. More likely, it is a case of hypocrisy and double standards. The man received mercy and understanding, and it didn't occur to him that he has the moral obligation to be doing the same for others. The next time we are tempted to be harsh and judgemental towards others, let us recall how God has been kind and generous in forgiving our faults and failings. In every situation, we find ourselves in which we should apply The Golden Rule and do to others what we would like for others to do to us.