24th Sunday Year A

Mass Readings:

Reading 1 – Sirach 27:30 – 28:7
Psalm – Psalm 103:1-12
Reading 2 – Romans 14:7-9
Gospel – Matthew 18:21-35

Scripture Commentaries:

St. Charles Borromeo

Brant Pitre

  • The 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year A continues our study of the Gospel of Matthew 18, Jesus’ so-called discourse on the Church.
  • Master’s mercy extravagant (forgave 10,000 talents = 60,000,000 days wages) VS. servant’s mercy non-existent (sent him to debtors’ prison for 100 days wages).
  • “So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart” (v 35) = whole point of the parable.

  • Sirach = was called Ecclesiasticus in the early Church – the book of the Church – because it was everyone’s favourite to read – practical wisdom for how to live a godly life.

This parable contains a profound teaching for all of us… In short, we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us… For us Christians, it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves. At times how hard it seems to forgive! And yet pardon is the instrument placed into our fragile hands to attain serenity of heart. To let go of anger, wrath, violence, and revenge are necessary conditions to living joyfully. ~  Pope Francis, The Face of Mercy, no. 9

CCC 2843 Thus the Lord’s words on forgiveness, the love that loves to the end, become a living reality. The parable of the merciless servant, which crowns the Lord’s teaching on ecclesial communion, ends with these words: “So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” It is there, in fact, “in the depths of the heart,” that everything is bound and loosed. It is not in our power not to feel or to forget an offense; but the heart that offers itself to the Holy Spirit turns injury into compassion and purifies the memory in transforming the hurt into intercession. (368)

Homilies: 

You Are Not Your Own by Bishop Barron

  • ** Modernity = “my life my death my choice” .VS.  Paul = whether we live or die we are the Lords! Paul says he is a slave of Christ Jesus. He belongs entirely to Jesus. He is no longer his own. Totally Jesus’. We live only in the measure in which we discover what God wants us to do.
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