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The unmerciful debtor
“Then came Peter and said to him, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven’ “ (RSV, Matthew 18: 21,22)
The Parable of the Unmerciful Debtor takes us behind the scenes of the court of an Eastern King. Over each of the provinces into which the Kingdom was divided there had been appointed a high official. His chief duty was to see that the King’s subjects duly paid their taxes and that the money so collected passed into the royal treasury. Such a position, involving each year a vast sum of money, furnished a dishonest governor with an opportunity for embezzlement on a grand scale.
“How can these things be?” (NRSV, John 3: 9)
Last Sunday we were paying especial honour to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth whom Jesus promised would lead us into all truth and who, as the Proper Preface declared has, by the Gospel which he has inspired, brought us “out of darkness and error into the clear light and true knowledge” of God the Father and of his Son Jesus Christ. (1) And now immediately afterwards we are confronted with the humanly unfathomable mystery of the Holy Trinity.
Passion Sunday – the day on which the Church turns its eyes on the sufferings of Christ. We do so this year, as every year, in a world beset and scourged by suffering – national, communal and individual – as each day’s news reminds us. Some of that suffering is the result of disease or accidents or natural disasters: but most of it is caused by the wickedness in the heart of human beings whom God has created with free will, able to do good or to do evil.