Chrysostom on considering God’s forgiveness

Today’s Gospel reading comes from Matthew 18.  It is a challenging message about forgiveness.  St. John Chrysostom gave an excellent homily on this passage, which helps to explain the it and communicates clearly the challenge to us.  I’d recommend reading the whole thing HERE, but I’ve copied an excerpt below:

Seest thou how great the difference between sins against man and against God? As great as between ten thousand talents, and a hundred pence, or rather even much more. And this arises both from the difference of the persons, and the constant succession of our sins. For when a man looks at us, we stand off and shrink from sinning: but when God sees us every day, we do not forbear, but do and speak all things without fear.

He teaches us that the reason God’s forgiveness is so much greater than our own is the object of our sins and their persistence.  No one can ever sin against us as often as we sin against God who has loved us so deeply.

If you have time, do give the whole homily a read.


About Jeremy

I work at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond, LA. I teach part-time classes from time to time, through Loyola University in New Orleans, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and St. Joseph's Abbey and Seminary College. I also just finished a doctoral degree in Biblical languages through the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
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