The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” — Matthew 18:18
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” — Ephesians 4:32
We begin this week where we left off last week. Jesus has told his disciples that they have the power to forgive sins as they saw him forgive sins. He commissioned them to this task and it stands at the center of all Christian mission and life. God has reconciled the world in his Christ not counting their sins against them! This is the declaration—the good news!
This is also the way of life for the followers of Jesus—to forgive as they have been forgiven—indeed as the world has been forgiven. Peter was quite clear as to what Jesus was saying which is why he responded, “Lord, if my brother or sister sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”
Peter puts his finger on the offense… the challenge of it all. We are to perpetually seek to forgive those who have sinned against us?? This is the call of the Christian in the world??
See you on Sunday!