Reminder of Forgiveness, Homily

Ezekiel 12:1-12

In our First Reading today, we find the Lord calling Ezekiel to perform acts symbolic of going into exile. He has him packing up all his belongings and leaving the city through a hole in the wall.

The Lord is hoping that the people who have so far been oblivious to the prophet’s words about a coming exile, will at last see the symbolism of preparing for exile and take heed.

There are times in our lives, when it seems the same things happen over and over, we jokingly refer to those as Yogi Berra did, by calling those incidents déjà vu, all over again.

But, in fact, it could be the Lord’s way of trying to get our attention about something He wants us to understand.

In our Gospel from Matthew 18, we find Peter trying to ingratiate himself by asking the Lord how many times we are to forgive others, seven times, he asks.

The Lord responds, “Not seven but seventy-seven times.” In other words, we are to forgive an indeterminate number of times just like He forgives us.

The story of the forgiven servant, going out and treating another servant harshly to be repaid a debt he owed, is a look at ourselves and our normal tendencies. We forgot how gracious the Lord is with us when it comes to forgiveness being applied to others.

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