Reflection for Thursday, August 14, 2008: 19th week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorWhitney, Tamoraen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWhitney, Tamoraen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-09T18:34:27Z
dc.date.available2014-06-09T18:34:27Z
dc.date.cycleYear IIen_US
dc.date.day14en_US
dc.date.daynameThursdayen_US
dc.date.issued2008-08-14en_US
dc.date.monthAugusten_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 19en_US
dc.date.year2008en_US
dc.description.abstractToday's gospel is a sort of harsh look at what should be the least harsh subject, forgiveness. It brings up the difficulties in forgiveness -- that it can be hard to do. We are supposed to forgive others like God forgives us, but we are still human and have human emotions and motivations.||On 60 Minutes this week, they interviewed a mob hit man. He'd killed at least twenty people in cold blood, but he kept up his Catholic faith. The interviewer asked him how he could reconcile that. The hit man said he went to confession and confessed his mob activities. He said his penance was ten Hail Marys, ten Our Fathers, and don't do it again. (He got jail time too, reduced because he was an informant.) And he said he hadn't done it since and has no plans to do it again. I think that penance sounds a little light, but then am I like the servant in the Gospel? I haven't murdered one person, let alone twenty plus, but if I had, wouldn't I hope for forgiveness? And being given it, should I resent anyone else being given forgiveness?|Our servant in the Gospel owes a huge debt, impossible to repay in an instant. His master is justified in turning him over to the authorities, but the servant begs for more time, swears he will pay the debt when he's able, and the master forgives him the debt. This man must be enormously relieved and quite happy. I'm sure this problem had been hanging over his head, clouding all his activities. But now he is frantic to get the money to his master and he duns people who owe him money (and my thought on this is that if he is so in debt himself, why is he loaning money he obviously can't spare to someone else?). But when his fellow servant begs for more time (as he himself did recently) this man has no mercy. His own master gave him more time, but he sends his fellow servant to the authorities for the return of his money. When the master learned that his lesson of mercy did not continue, he rescinded it. Why should he extend mercy to someone who was not willing to do the same?|Rather than being resentful or judgmental about the mob man's forgiveness, and perhaps blocking my own possibility of forgiveness, I should feel heartened and hopeful that my own lesser transgressions might be forgiven as well.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 416en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/52983
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitEnglishen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
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dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Ezekiel 12:1-12en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 18:21-19:1en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, August 14, 2008: 19th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
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