Thursday, November 21, 2019 UTC

AUG 24 & 25: 11TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

6849436692_41c90195e5 AUG 24: VIGIL DIVINE LITURGY (FATHER MATTHEW) – 4:00 PM (SN); AUG 25:  TYPIKA (DEACON JOSEPH) – 10:00 AM (SCM).

The gospel today – Mathew 18: 23-35, is the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant. It talks about Jesus explaining how we are to treat our offending brethren—Jesus explains why we should forgive. Jesus is teaching His disciples, and us, by extension, that forgiveness should be in like proportion to the amount forgiven. Jesus uses the example in which the first servant had been forgiven all by the King, and therefore, the servant should have forgiven all. Instead when a fellow servant owed him, he did not forgive.  Thus, Jesus brings home the point of the parable – “So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” God has forgiven us, and so we are to forgive others, Jesus says, “from your heart.” That is, forgive, not just outwardly, pretending or smoothing things over, but truly releasing the offenders debt to us. If we don’t do this, God will treat us like the king treated the servant he had previously forgiven. A clear warning to us.