The lectionary gospel reading for Trinity 15 in Year A is Matt 18.21–35. It continues Matthew’s collection of Jesus’ teaching about life in the ekklesia—not the ‘church’ as we would understand it now, but within the community of God, gathered around obedience to Jesus himself.
Jesus’ teaching here is striking, in that is shifts the focus away from the grievance of the one sinned against, to the meaning of forgiveness in the context of our relationship with God. His parable here is full of hyperbole and humour, and is easy to engage with—yet full of real challenge.
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