Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; (Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103:[1-7], 8-13;) Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35
Only a few of the 365 days in each year are associated with extraordinary events, but for those who experienced the events, the dates arouse great emotion. For Koreans, August 15 commemorates the restoration of the country’s independence after a Japanese occupation of 36 years. June 25 marks the outbreak of the Korean War. And for those of us who live in the U.S., September 11 will always be the day America was attacked.
Matthew’s Jesus tells a parable, one that leaves us with no doubt about forgiveness—and about how Christian community treats forgiveness differently than the rest of the world does.