Thursday of 19th week Jeudi de la 19e semaine

“Then Peter went up to Jesus and said ’Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?”?
Tuesday 31 May 2016

Ez.12,1-17 Ps.77 Mt.18,21-35

Thursday 19th week, even numbered year "Then Peter went up to Jesus and said ’Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered’ Not seven , I tell you, but seventy-seven times.’

’If each one of you doesn’t forgive his brother will all his heart’ says Jesus. This is an infinitely precious Word, and Jesus applies it to Himself. He is the One who forgives his brother from the bottom of his heart.

We are called to enter the Kingdom so as to receive Jesus, the Lamb, He who is the most prosecuted and the most mistreated of any human being.

He calls Judas his friend, at the moment the dram begins to unfold - there had never been a drama so perfidious and execrable. For no reason Jesus is victim of calumny , he is falsely accused, wrongly despised ;they spit at him on his face out of indignation, laughed at and whipped, made fun of as the crown of thorns is placed upon on his head, outrageously treated, put to death ignominiously, and in all this Jesus has only thoughts of Love towards those who treat him like this. Excusing them, he speaks only of forgiveness and reconciliation to his Father for them. This is the way Jesus saves us.

Let us consider the number of advantages withdrawn from an offence that is welcomes with gentleness and humility. The patience and courage to which we are confronted has us acquire charity. If we don’t get angry at the one who has caused us wrong we are more charitable towards those who love us.

In uprooting the anger from our hearts, we obtain an incomparable good, for the one who delivers his soul from anger gets rid of sadness in it. In this way our life isn’t worn out in vain worries that cause us pain.

"And so the kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants. When the reckoning began, they bought him a man who owed ten thousand talents ; he had no means of paying, so his master gave orders that he should be sold, together with his life and children and all his possessions, to meet the debt.

At this, the servant threw himself down at his master’s feet, with the words ’Be patient with me and I will pay the whole sum. And the servant’s master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt."

A new horizon opens up before me : to know how to enter into recognition, to measure, weigh, savour the good things given to me and given back again. To know also how to consider the one who gives them to me, to learn how to say thank you to him or her.

Jesus operates a relationship between the Kingdom of God and the forgiveness which we ought to bring about every day.

If we wish to enter into harmony with the Heart of Jesus, a passage needs t be brought about in our lives : one of forgiveness, whatever the cost.

When we hate others we are punishing ourselves, when we love them we do good to ourselves. If we behave like this we shall have no enemies any more, and to recognise this allows an attitude of recognition to grow in us. And so the call to pity will really touch me, my heart will be compassionate, I shall be close to whoever trespassed against me, close also to the one whom I trespassed, and so the Kingdom will dwell on earth.

"Now as the servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow-servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him, saying ’Pay what you owe me.’

His fellow servant fell at his feet and appealed to him, saying

’Be patient with me and I will pay you.’

But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should py the debt.

His fellow servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole affair to him.

Then the master sent for the man and said to him, ’You wicked servant, I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me. Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow-servant just as I had pity on you?’ And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt. And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart."

Pity is what puts each one in their right place before his brother who is asking to be able to live. Very often we are solicited to take pity and we ask pity from others in order to restore the relationship. Our humanity is very much in play here.

The master of the parable asks to give back to another what has done him good. Jesus speaks of him when he announces this king who wanted to make him give back his accounts, with much love.

We want to forgive not only from the mouth but also from the bottom of the heart, so as not to turn against ourselves the iron we think we are piercing the other.

So Jesus proposes to Peter to clothe himself with feelings of tender compassion which are in his own Heart.

We ask Jesus for the grace of forgiveness.

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