The parable of today’s Holy Gospel depicts two different attitudes to the same life situation. On one hand, it is the boundless mercy of the Lord when He forgives us all our debts, all our disrespect we have hurt Him with just after one sincere repentance, just after a single word of prayer. On the other hand, we see severe human cruelty that, despite tearful supplication of the brother in debt, was ready to humiliate his dignity, even to destroy his life.
Very often, people misuse the trust given by God as the unmerciful debtor did. When we live an unreasonable life, when we rely on our own strength only, in the eyes of God, we become similar to the cruel debtor of today’s Gospel. We tend to pray to the Lord for mercies to ourselves and demand certain things from the others at the same time. As we can see, the Lord doesn’t make deals with humans He endows them. Not because they deserve it, but because He loves them. And the main point of God’s grace is that if He forgives, He forgets our sins forever as if we never hurt Him at all. This teaches us that having Him as an example, we should forget and never remember the offenses ever done to us.
Following the holy saints of our church, we have to improve in our ability to love our offenders as if they were our sponsors.
It is impossible to measure all our trespasses before God. People who take advantage of the frequent Confession and Communion understand what I’m talking about. God is ready to forgive if only we are ready to repent sincerely. Today’s parable teaches us that as only we forgive, He would not delay forgiving us as well.
I sincerely wish you, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, to obtain the gift of forgiveness. May the merciful Lord forgive us all our trespasses. Amen.