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Sample Questions and Commentary on Matthew 18:21-35
- Do you think the disciples were ever angry at each other?
- Place yourself in the parable.
If you were the master…
- Why do you plan to sell your indebted servant and everything connected to him?
- Why do you forgive the loan rather than give the servant more time to pay it back?
- Do you have any misgivings about forgiving the entire debt?
- What do you feel when you hear how the servant treated someone indebted to him?
- What do you know will happen to that servant once he goes to the torturers?
If you were the first servant…
- How did you accumulate such a large debt?
- What do you think of your master?
- How do you feel when your debt is erased?
- What all runs through your mind when you attack the man indebted to you?
- What does the parable teach you about yourself?
- What does the parable reveal about God?
Peter wants rules about how much to forgive. Jesus replies that forgiveness is the rule. Given the teaching right before this one, however, it seems that Jesus is telling us to forgive someone who repents. He also wants us to pray in order to know how to respond to a persistent sinner (vv.19-20).
In Genesis 4:23-24 a man (Lamech) declares that if anyone hurts him he will take revenge “seventy-fold,” which means that his revenge is limitless. Jesus stands against such endless vengeance. His followers must be like God, whose mercy is without limit. If we want to be part of God’s kingdom, we must imitate the God who reigns in it.
Want more? To download discussion questions and commentaries on the first reading and the Gospel click here: Sept. 17 – Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time