The Unforgiving Servant, by Domenico Fetti

Ever have the feeling that God means for us to hear something relevant and personal as we listen to the readings at Mass? Uncanny, I say. Today’s Gospel reading was about the unforgiving servant (from Matthew 18: 21-35) and it gave me unsettling flashbacks of my recent rampage around the house, yelling at everyone to quit their yelling.

In his homily, Father Zimmer asks us to read today’s gospel again sometime in the week and ask ourselves if there are people in our lives who we need to forgive. Seems like an important task for us to pencil into our to do lists (or type into the Blackberry), somewhere near the top.

Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

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