The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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3rd Week of Lent

Date: 
Tue, 03/10/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

God will settle accounts with us.  It’s a done deal.
It will happen at the time of our death.
In other words, it will happen at a time of God’s choosing, not our own.
I encourage all of us:  start praying for mercy now
and don’t stop, never stop.  Make it and keep it a central focus of your prayer.
A day shouldn’t go by without our asking God for mercy.
 
On the day of our accounting, the debt we owe God will be made known to us.
And it will be staggering….enough to give us a spiritual heart-attack…
for it will be beyond our imagining.
We can’t count that high.
The amount will take more than 1000 lifetimes to repay.
We will not be able to make good on what we owe.  We will not be able to set things right.
If our entrance into paradise is conditioned on payment
then we don’t have a chance of passing through those pearly gates.
If and when we enter into heaven,
it will only because of God’s mercy, God’s pity.
It will only happen because God has forgiven the debt.
 
By way of today’s parable
Matthew, the evangelist, is giving instruction to a divided community.
The question dividing the community:  who is the greatest?
The obvious answer:  “the one who isn’t like the unforgiving servant.”
 
So, when we stand before God on the day of accounting
and we bow down in worship and plead for mercy
as long as we have not been heartless with regards to forgiving others
we can expect that God will show us mercy.  Not according to this parable.
 
You see, something else is going on here that is often missed:
the response of the fellow servants who witness the great injustice.
When they see what happens, they appeal to the higher authority, the king,
implicitly believing and demanding that the unforgiving servant should be punished.
In doing so, they themselves fail to forgive their fellow servant for visiting evil on another.
 
We not only don’t want to be like the unforgiving servant,
we also don’t want to be like the servants who brought the matter to the king.
To be truly forgiving we have to release others from their indebtedness to us
and also hope and pray that God too will forgive their debt and not exact punishment.
For us to desire and/or expect God to give some evil, merciless person
a taste of their own medicine or give them their just desserts
shows that we ourselves are entangled in evil.
A heart that is truly forgiving says: “no matter what evil you have done, to me or to others,
I hope to see you in heaven.”
 
“Save us, O Lord, from unbending hearts, that we might have life. Amen!”