From Your Heart

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) (Morning)
Psalm 33 (Evening)
Isaiah 65:17-25
Revelations 22:14-21
Matthew 18:21-35

From Your Heart

Today’s parable addresses one of our hardest relational issues. The message ultimately expounds the petition in the Lord’s prayer, “…forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

The servant in the story is called before his master and asked to account for “ten thousand talents” (millions in today’s dollars) owed to him. Our servant has no means to repay the money. To regain some of what’s owed him, the master orders the man, his wife, his children and all his possessions to be sold. The man pleads for patience and promises to pay in total. The master takes pity upon him and cancels the debt. A generous response indeed. But consider this, was the servant truly contrite or was he playing his master?

The servant should be grateful and repentant, now insightful into the needs of others for he has been set free. Yet when he is called upon by a fellow servant to forgive a debt of a few dollars, he throttles the man and sends him to prison.

When the master hears of this, he tells him, “You wicked servant, …” and hands him over to the torturers.

What are we to learn from this? The story is not about the master, it is about the forgiven one. There is karma in kindness. When we wrong another, we must apologize from a profoundly deep place, and when forgiven we hold a reservoir of grace, which may be used toward another. Be kind to yourself and to others, and the world will immediately be a better place.

Written by Elaine Williams

Elaine has been a member of St. Paul’s since 1985. She was a technical editor in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and later served as managing editor of Arkansas Land and Life magazine. She also served as associate director of University Relations, and retired in 2003. St. Paul’s has been a nourishing refuge for which she is most grateful.

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