Last week we reflected on Jesus’ approach to conflict. The lesson Jesus shares on compassion in today’s Gospel is a fitting compliment.  

Peter asks Jesus how many times we are to forgive our brothers and sisters. He proposes seven times, to which Jesus responds: “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.”  

It is here that Jesus shares a parable to broaden Peter’s understanding.  

In the story, a debtor is brought to his king. When the debtor reveals he cannot repay his debts immediately, he begs for the king’s understanding. Moved with compassion, the king forgives the man and his debts.  

Not long after, the same debtor approaches a man who owes him a much smaller sum. Like the debtor, the man cannot fulfill what he owes. He begs for understanding, but unlike the king, the debtor shows no compassion.  

Learning of this event, the king becomes angry. He proceeds to punish the debtor for not paying forward the same compassion he was granted.  

For us at CMMB, compassion has no boundaries. It is faithfully woven into our mission and our journey to achieve it. As we move into this new week, fresh with possibility, let us keep our bountiful compassion close to us—in moments of frustration and joy alike.