A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew. Matthew 18:21-35
Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord every time my brother sins against me, how many times must I forgive him? Seven times? Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times but more: seventy-seven times.”
“The kingdom of heaven is like a king that decided to collect the money that his servants owed him. The king asked his servants to come and see him. The first servant owed the king ten thousand coins, but he could not pay back, he had no money. So the king said that the servant should sell his house, his things, his wife and children, to pay off the bill. But the servant fell on his knees and begged, ‘Give me time, and I will pay back the money.’ The king felt pity for the servant, so he let him go free and cancelled the bill.
This servant went out and met another servant that owed him one hundred coins. The first servant grabbed the other servant at the throat and chocked him. He said, ‘Give me the money that you owe me.’ But the other servant fell on his knees and begged him, ‘Give me more time, and I will pay back the money.’ But the first servant refused to wait, and he threw him into prison.
The other servants saw this and they were upset. So they went and reported everything to the king. Then the king called the first servant and said to him, ‘You wicked servant, you begged me to forgive you, and I cancelled your bill. You should have done the same to the other servant and forgiven him, the same as I forgave you.’ The king was angry. He sent the servant to prison to be punished till he could pay back all the money he owed to the king.” Then Jesus said, “My Father in heaven will do the same as the king, so each of you must truly forgive your brother.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord