Wow. That's exercising forgiveness toward someone (at least once for a couple of minutes, anyway) 1.34 days out of every week. That's a timeframe that encompasses all of Sunday and a good portion of Monday. And yet, Jesus doesn't stop there.
Within the parable there are two amounts of money owed by two different individuals: 10,000 bags of gold and 100 silver coins. Let’s temporarily equate the relative difference in value between gold and silver for this example, and reduce 10,000 bags of coins to 10,000 single coins. Now let’s consider a simple calculation using our new figures from what each man owed, 100 valuable coins on one hand vs 10,000 valuable coins on the other. When it comes to the subject of forgiveness, through closer examination of the parable located a bit further on in today’s reading, Jesus seems to be raising our expectation not just by 1000%, but by 10,000%.
- 100 valuable coins × 10,000% = 10,000 valuable coins.
Again, wow! And that doesn’t even consider that it’s forgiving a debt of 10,000 bags of coins…
and gold coins to boot.
By golly, and shoot.
That’s a lot of forgiveness and debt relief.
Perhaps it speaks to the basis for belief.
It at least translates to much more than a few valued coins…
like how a relationship fastens together and joins
with something more prime than two nickels and a dime.
By this simplistic rhyme, forgiveness all the time
not only exonerates one from paying another back a couple of days each week,
Jesus also calls to differently understand what it means to bless -- forge and seek,
expand, extend and embrace the entire part
of what is owed,
with a merciful, Christlike heart.
Rev. Richard Wagner