St John Chrysostom to the Covetous, and those who do not believe they commit this sin.

11th Sunday After Pentecost

In the Holy Gospel on the 11th Sunday after Pentecost we read the parable of the unforgiving servant who, after being forgiven his debt by his lord, proceeded to cast his fellow servant, who owed him a debt, into prison. When the lord of the house heard this, he rescinded his forgiveness of the debt of the first servant, and "delivered him over to the torturers until he should pay all that was due."

St. John Chrysostom speaks of this parable and tells us:

Let us, the covetous, listen well, for even to us is the word spoken. Let us hearken also, the merciless, and the cruel, for not to others are we cruel, but to ourselves.

When you are minded to be revengeful, consider that against yourself you are revengeful, not against another, and that you are binding up your own sins, not your neighbor's...

Now the sentence is brought out of great indignation and vengeance and punishment...

Two things therefore He requires here, both to condemn ourselves for our own sins, and to forgive others ... and from the heart.


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