Browsing the September 2017 archive of Scripture Reflection by Father Steve
Posted by Laura Leibfried on 9/25/17
The parable in the Gospel tells of the unimaginable generosity of God. All are invited to the Lord’s kingdom.
The parable presents us with a landowner who goes out to hire workers for his vineyard. The landowner hires people at various times of the day, yet when it comes ... Read More »
Posted by Laura Leibfried on 9/19/17
“Then Peter approached and asked him, ‘Lord if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus answered, “I say to you not seven times, but seventy seven times.” (Matt 18:21-22) Jesus is saying that a person must forgive all the time.
To emphasize the importance of mercy and forgiveness, Jesus gives the parable of the unforgiving servant. The king took pity on his servant and cancelled a debt that would be impossible to pay. The surprise comes when the same servant refuses to forgive a small debt from one of his own debtors. The problem is that the servant was never filled with gratitude for the mercy shown to him by the king. He thought he had out-smarted the king. The servant didn’t appreciate the mercy given to him, and so he wasn’t able to offer mercy to others. The point here is that God has already forgiven a debt we could never repay. Mercy is God’s gift, and we should share it gratefully. ... Read More »
Posted by Laura Leibfried on 9/11/17
“Amen I say to you, if two of you agree about anything for which they are to pray it shall be granted them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered in my name there I am in their midst.” (Matt 18:20-21) Jesus is emphasizing ... Read More »