Following a question by Peter as to how often he is supposed to forgive someone, Jesus goes into a parable of a king who called his servants into account. We’d call it an audit today. And, one servant was found to owe ten thousand talents, a lot of money. But he begged the king forgiveness, and the king forgave him. But the servant wanted to press severely for payment of a fellow-servant whose debt amounted to pocket change. What the king does as a result shows that we will see the level of mercy we give to others.
The Gospel for this week is a follow-on to last Sunday’s Gospel. Then, people who came to Jesus’ tomb in the early morning found the tomb empty. Now, it is the evening of the same day, and the disciples are locked in a room, hiding from the people frenzied by the religious powers-that-were in those days. Locked door or no, Jesus is suddenly there with them.
He not only proves that it’s really him, he gives them their basic mission, one which we have to this day.
How about some clues as to how to get yourself off the hook? That’s what we have here! It begins, also, with an Epistle that reminds us to remember what we are looking forward to. Sometimes, as with academic and other courses, it can seem hard to make it through.
But the Gospel offers how to get off the hook! And if you see what’s offered here, you’re looking at God’s own version of the “Get Out Of Jail Free” card in the Monopoly game. Who can refuse that?