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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 18,21—19,1): (…) This story throws light on the kingdom of heaven. A king decided to settle the accounts of his servants. Among the first was one who owed him ten thousand gold ingots. As the man could not repay the debt, (…) the king took pity on him and not only set him free but even canceled his debt.

»This official then left the king's presence and he met one of his companions who owed him a hundred pieces of silver. He grabbed him by the neck and almost strangled him, shouting, ‘Pay me what you owe!’. His companion threw himself at his feet and asked him, ‘Give me time, and I will pay everything’. The other did not agree, but sent him to prison until he had paid all his debt (…). Then the lord summoned his official and said, ‘Wicked servant, I forgave you all that you owed when you begged me to do so. Weren't you bound to have pity on your companion as I had pity on you?’ (…)».

Without God there is not forgiveness

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, we encounter the limits of our strength to heal, to overcome evil. We run into the evil’s prepotency, which we cannot control only with our forces. That is: without God there is no forgiveness; and there is no healing without forgiveness. Not in vain the theme of "forgiveness" continually appears in the Gospel.

The ruthless servant —a high representative of the King— had been pardoned the incredible debt of ten thousand talents; but, later on, he was not willing to forgive the debt, ridiculous in comparison, of a hundred denarius, which one of his fellow servants owed him. To overcome culpability requires the price of committing our heart; and even more, to surrender our entire existence. And even this is not enough: it can only be achieved through the communion with He Who took upon Him the load of all our sins.

—O Lord, whatever we should mutually be forgiving us is always very little compared with the benevolence with which you forgive everyone.