St. Patrick's Online Bulletin

Humble Gratitude

09-17-2017Rev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

In the past few weeks we have seen the destruction of human life and property through the power of nature. Our hearts go out to those victimized by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Not only do our hearts go out, we responded not just with pity and sympathy, but with monetary and practical donations of material goods. A lot of work needs to be done, but those suffering know they are not alone. We continue to pray for those suffering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma that they will find comfort and relief through our concern, love, assistance, and prayers.

Today’s Gospel presents us with instances of financial and self-inflicted suffering. In this familiar parable from Matthew 18:21-35, we see a man in great debt about to be sold into slavery along with his wife and children and his property also sold to pay off the debt. In desperation he cries out for mercy to his creditor, pleading for more time. The creditor is so good that he goes way beyond extending the time, he forgives the whole debt. What a relief! But as the parable continues we see the relief does not lead to humble gratitude. Instead the forgiven debtor confronts someone who owes him a much smaller amount and demands immediate repayment. When it is not forthcoming he has the one indebted to him imprisoned. Why? His attitude and actions are founded on selfishness. He is so wrapped up in himself that he does not see the forgiveness he has received as a gift nor does he see how powerful it is to be forgiven.


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Sep 10 6:00pm

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Sep 11

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St. Patrick School Block Party
Sep 23 12:00pm - 5:00pm

All are invited to the St. Patrick School Block Party, Sat, Sep 23 from 12:00-5:00pm on the grounds of St. Patrick's.