One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

August 17, 2006

For Thursday of the Nineteenth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Matthew 18:21 to 19:1

In this parable today, a king forgives an official who owes him “a huge amount”— as the present English version chooses to put it.
However, the original language of the Gospel says the official owes the king “ten thousand talents.”
One talent was the salary for fifteen years.
Ten thousand talents, then, was the salary for ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND YEARS.
That’s what the official owed his king— and that’s what the king forgave his official.
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND YEARS OF SALARY!
That official then went and jailed a fellow servant who owed him a much smaller amount: MERELY ONE DAY’S SALARY.
The king finds out, and hands the hypocrite over for TORTURE.
TORTURE!
Then Jesus adds:
SO WILL MY HEAVENLY FATHER DO TO YOU—
[hand you over for torture]
UNLESS each of you forgives his brother from the heart.

UNLESS … UNLESS … UNLESS!
Jesus teaches that God’s forgiveness is NOT UNconditional.
“MY HEAVENLY FATHER WILL HAND YOU OVER FOR TORTURE UNLESS YOU FORGIVE YOUR BROTHER FROM THE HEART.”
His LOVE is unconditional— but not his forgiveness.
If we clog our pipes so that forgiveness does not flow OUT of us, then forgiveness will not flow INTO us.
“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us!”
It means the same as, “Do NOT forgive us, for WE do not forgive!”
We owe God INFINITELY MORE than one hundred and fifty thousand years, because he made our souls to be eternal.
In his life, in his choice to suffer and die, Jesus our God handed himself over for torture in place of us.
The Most Holy in place of sinners!
The Creator in place of those who owe him their own existence, but deny his existence by their sins!
Here in his Eucharist, God trades places with us.
What shall we do with this privilege?

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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