Twenty Fourth Sunday Year A 

13th September 2020

Pay me what you owe me!

It is tempting to fit modern labels to the characters in this powerful story of debt and forgiveness. The King who forgave the servant’s debt is like our Government bailing out the Banks back in 2008. But like the servant in the story, the Banks show slight mercy to the little people! Or can we compare it to our politicians whose refugee forebears found a haven in Britain a couple of generations ago but who now talk tough on immigration?

Jesus was an acute observer of social conditions, and his hearers would have been familiar with this scenario.

But the parable is less about shekels and more about solidarity. We are all in debt to one another because of multiple offences against our brothers & sisters. Many of these are near accidental, like treading on someone’s toes in a crowded lift. The intention to hurt is not there but the pain is very real.

And the Father in heaven who loves us all does not hold our offences against us whether they are deliberate of accidental.

He is the ‘king’ in this parable and we are the servants. To hold grudges and resentments against our fellow servants is not just stupid and illogical, it actually cuts us off from the flowing stream of forgiveness.

We all live by forgiveness and we start to wither if we don’t.

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