Daily Gospel Reflection – Tuesday, March 26

Matthew 18:21-35
Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive him?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused.
Instead, he had him put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant is a perfect correlation the relationship that teachers often have with their students.  I know there are times we have to ask for forgiveness for shortcoming we may have within our requirements as a teacher, but all too often, we do not give this same grace of forgiveness to our students when they fall short of an expectation.  We tend to be harder on them than we were treated in some situations.  How does that make sense?  We are the adults and they are the young adults still learning the ropes.  We should ask ourselves… although we are here to help our students learn and grow, that does not mean that they might fall short at times and need a second chance to prove themselves.

God is always forgiving and gives us multiple chances to find our success.  We should be more than willing to do the same while we shape our students and each other into the intentional disciples they are meant to become.

By Mrs. Susie Tavel, Faculty