Thursday 17 August 2017

About Today Readings

Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17. Psalm 113A(114):1-6. Matthew 18:21 – 19:1.

Alleluia! — Psalm 113A(114):1-6.

‘Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant?’

The parable of the unforgiving servant is culturally remote but astoundingly relevant to modern life where the distinction between mercy and the application of justice is hotly debated.

We all find it hard to forgive unfair or unjust treatment. Yet Jesus makes it clear to those who aspire to be his disciples that anything less than forgiveness from the heart is unacceptable. Christian spirituality arises from faith in a God who is merciful and forgiving.

We live each day in the context of divine forgiveness. The only acceptable response to this is that of Nelson Mandela who had the generosity of spirit to forgive rather than seek revenge for the injustice he had suffered. The point of the parable is that generosity of spirit transcends the narrow application of justice in our personal and social lives.

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