The Parable of the Wicked Servant

MATTHEW 18: 21-35

18:21 Then Peter came to him and said, “God, how many times will I forgive my brother who has sinned against me?” Up to seven? 18:22 Messiah said to him: I do not say to seven, but to seventy times seven. 18:23 Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is comparable to a king who takes his servants. 18:24 And when he began to reveal, ten thousand talents were presented to him. 18:25 As he could not thank, his knight ordered to sell him, his wife and children and everything he had to pay the debt. 18:26 And this servant begged him, saying, Father, take me, and I will pay you everything. 18:27 The master of this subject took pity, released him, and forgave him the debt. 18:28 And the servant went out and found one of his servants, who owed him a hundred denarii. And he grabbed him, smothered him and said: Pay me what you owe me. 18:29 Then his servant, who fell at his feet, begged him, saying, Bear with me, and I’ll pay you all. 18:30 But he would not, but went and threw him into the dungeon even if he paid the debt. 18:31 And when his companions on duty saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and reported everything that had happened to their master. 18:32 And his owner calling him, said to him: Malicious servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me. 18:33 Shouldn’t you still have owed mercy to your assistant, as I felt sorry for you? 18:34 And his lord was angry and handed him over to his servants, even though he paid all that he owed him. 18:35 So will my Heavenly Almighty do to you, if you do not forgive each of your brothers their infractions with all your soul. 31 And when his companions on duty saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and reported everything that had happened to their master. 18:32 And his owner calling him, said to him: Malicious servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me. 18:33 Shouldn’t you still have owed mercy to your assistant, as I felt sorry for you? 18:34 And his lord was angry and handed him over to his servants, even though he paid all that he owed him. 18:35 So will my Heavenly Almighty do to you, if you do not forgive each of your brothers their infractions with all your soul. 31 And when his companions on duty saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and reported everything that had happened to their master. 18:32 And his owner calling him, said to him: Malicious servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me. 18:33 Shouldn’t you still have owed mercy to your assistant, as I felt sorry for you? 18:34 And his lord was angry and handed him over to his servants, even though he paid all that he owed him. 18:35 So will my Heavenly Almighty do to you, if you do not forgive each of your brothers their infractions with all your soul. How did I feel sorry for you? 18:34 And his lord was angry and handed him over to his servants, even though he paid all that he owed him. 18:35 So will my Heavenly Almighty do to you, if you do not forgive each of your brothers their infractions with all your soul. How did I feel sorry for you? 18:34 And his lord was angry and handed him over to his servants, even though he paid all that he owed him. 18:35 So will my Heavenly Almighty do to you, if you do not forgive each of your brothers their infractions with all your soul.

REFLECTION:

This parable deals with forgiveness, since Jesus answered the question of his disciples Peter: “Lord, how many times will I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven?” Up to seven, but seventy times seven, “which is a symbolic number that reflects that there is no limit to the number of times we must forgive our brothers. In our walk as Christians, God tests our hearts for forgiveness, and that can be A thorny issue, because always in unforgiveness there is resentment when we are offended. God wants us to forgive people who offend us and do us wrong, because just as God in his immense mercy forgave us and we were restored in our communion with God. , he also wants us to forgive our brothers,

To illustrate the idea of ​​forgiveness, Jesus tells them this parable in which a servant owed a king a lot of money, and that amount was too high that he could not pay, but the servant begs the king to forgive him the debt. , of which the king acted with mercy, grants forgiveness and frees him. As soon as this servant received his freedom, he had a servant who owed him money, but he insisted that he pay him, and begged him to be patient with him, to pay the debt, but the servant seeing that the companion did not pay him. pay him, arrested him, came to the king’s audience, was immediately brought before him, and said: “Evil servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me,” and just as the king had mercy on him. he, the bad servant had to forgive his fellow servant for the debt, immediately the king called his executioners, and they put him in jail until he paid. Therefore, Jesus wanted his disciples to learn that we should forgive each other’s offenses as often as necessary, just as 1 John 4: 19-20 says: “We love him, because he first loved us. If someone says: I love God and I hate your brother, he is a liar. For who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? “Therefore, verse 35 is clear in stating that we must forgive with all our hearts, because if we do it on the outside, we cannot deceive God, because He really knows what we are on the inside and says:” My heavenly Father also to you if you do not forgive each one of your brothers the offenses with all your heart “. Therefore, Jesus wanted his disciples to learn that we should forgive each other’s offenses as often as necessary, just as 1 John 4: 19-20 says: “We love him, because he first loved us. If someone says: I love God and I hate your brother, he is a liar. For who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? “Therefore, verse 35 is clear in stating that we must forgive with all our hearts, because if we do it on the outside, we cannot deceive God, because He really knows what we are on the inside and says:” My heavenly Father also to you if you do not forgive each one of your brothers the offenses with all your heart “. Therefore, Jesus wanted his disciples to learn that we should forgive each other’s offenses as often as necessary, just as 1 John 4: 19-20 says: “We love him, because he first loved us. If someone says: I love God and I hate your brother, he is a liar. For who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? “Therefore, verse 35 is clear in stating that we must forgive with all our hearts, because if we do it on the outside, we cannot deceive God, because He really knows what we are on the inside and says:” My heavenly Father also to you if you do not forgive each one of your brothers the offenses with all your heart “. 19-20: “We love him, because he first loved us. If someone says: I love God and I hate your brother, he is a liar. For who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? “Therefore, verse 35 is clear in stating that we must forgive with all our hearts, because if we do it on the outside, we cannot deceive God, because He really knows what we are on the inside and says:” My heavenly Father also to you if you do not forgive each one of your brothers the offenses with all your heart “. 19-20: “We love him, because he first loved us. If someone says: I love God and I hate your brother, he is a liar. For who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? “Therefore, verse 35 is clear in stating that we must forgive with all our hearts, because if we do it on the outside, we cannot deceive God, because He really knows what we are on the inside and says:” My heavenly Father also to you if you do not forgive each one of your brothers the offenses with all your heart “.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all.

Helpful Hint: Read 1 John 4: 19-20

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