Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent
Daniel 3:25, 34-43 + Matthew 18:21-35
March 1, 2016
“‘That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.’”
Our Christian Faith here cuts like a two-edged sword. In the Lord’s Prayer, this double edge hinges on the tiny word “as”: we actually petition God to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” The risk inherent in this double edge is the point of Jesus’ parable, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Through Jesus’ Passion and Death, He has offered us the Gift of Re-Creation, re-demption, and re-conciliation. But the very nature of this Gift is such that if we do not “pay it forward”, we ourselves lose the Gift.
In the face of sin and death in our own lives, then, we can choose either to act according to the logic of those who have harmed us, or according to the logic of the One who has gifted us with the Gift of Forgiveness. And we ask the Lord for the Holy Spirit’s gift of Joy, to give this Gift to others not begrudgingly as Saint Peter, but with the joy of Easter Sunday.