This Sunday’s Gospel has the well known story of the servant who was forgiven of 10,000 talents by his King but he could not forgive his fellow servant of a hundred denarii after he was let off.
The story was told by Jesus after Peter asked him ““Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”
The lesson is simply that we need to forgive those who have hurt us no matter how difficult it may be.
The homilist reminds us that being able to forgive those that hurt us, we’ll be able to break free of the chains of unforgiveness, which if we carried it to our grave, would do a lot of spiritual harm.
This of course is not possible through our own human efforts, but only with the grace of God, can we do this difficult task.
Jesus was the model for us when he forgave those that tortued him and set him up on the cross. He asked God the Father to forgive them “for they do not know what they are doing”.
In a local context, this week in Singapore saw a domestic maid being acquitted of charges of theft after four years. She managed to clear her name through the pro bono efforts of a lawyer and a NGO supporting the migrant workers here. She was charged by her employers who were the family of a business tycoon and this David and Goliath saga caught the attention of all the news headlines this week.
What struck me though, was that when they asked her how she felt about the whole situation, as she was stuck in limbo here awaiting her trial and appeals etc she simply said she forgave them and would just like to return home to start a new life.
This was a modern day example of forgiveness to me.