Jesus’ Life: Chapter 9 – The Way To The Cross
After Jesus said to Simon Peter, forgive your brother “not seven times but seventy-seven times”, He told the disciples this parable:
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a King who, when settling his accounts, ordered a man along with his wife and children to be sold because they could not repay a debt of 10,000 talents. But, when the man fell to the ground and begged the King to be patient and he would repay everything, the King “had compassion on him” and cancelled all his debts.
The debt-free man then went out and found a slave who owed him 100 silver coins. The slave was unable to repay his debt so, he fell to the ground and begged for mercy but the debt-free man refused and threw him into prison until he had paid the debt in full.
When the King heard what the debt-free man had done, he called him and said, “I forgave you all that debt because you begged me! Should you not have shown mercy?” The King, in his anger, then ordered that he be tortured until he repaid everything he owed.
Jesus concluded his parable with this warning, “So also, my heavenly Father will do to you, if each of you does not forgive your brother from your heart”. (Matthew 18:21-22, Luke 17:4)
Before asking God for forgiveness for wrongs committed, we must first forgive those who have wronged us. Otherwise, we are hypocrites. Yes, it includes our brothers and sisters, friends and enemies, and yes, seventy-seven times!
Lord Jesus, forgive me my sins as I forgive all who have sinned against me. Thank You, Jesus.
Prayer: Act of Contrition
O, My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee,
and I detest my sins most of all because they offend Thee,
who are all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace,
to sin no more and to amend my life. Amen.