17 March 2020. Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent
Reflection (Sem. Renz Marion C. Cunanan)
Peter asked Jesus how many times he must forgive his brother who sins against him. Jesus answered, “not seven times but seventy-seven times.” Jesus invites me to reflect– the love He teaches and the acceptance that we are a community of sinners.
First, Jesus is teaching me how to love without limits. This is also true in our own homes, with our parents, or sometimes those people who are dear to us. There were many times in the past that I have hurt them because of my actions or my words but still, they were ready to accept and forgive me.
Second, the Gospel also reminds us that we are not alone. God is waiting for us and we have a community that assists us in the road to forgiveness. As I observe those who line up the confessional especially the young, I am amazed by their patience and willingness to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As a community of sinners, we are not alone in seeking the Father’s mercy
This Lenten season, Jesus is inviting us for a renewal, a call to renew our lives, to reflect on the sins that we have done and commit not to do those sins again.
The Gospel Today
Mt. 18: 21 – 35
Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive him?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused.
Instead, he had him put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”