August 28, 2011: Matthew 18:23-35, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · August 22, 2011
Audio length: 3:25
The Lord spoke this parable, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
“But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.
“When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to everyone of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
1. What is a debt? What is a loan?
2. Have you ever loaned anything to someone? What? What do you hope a person will do when you loan something to them? What might happen?
3. How would you feel if someone didn’t return something you loaned to them?
4. How does the king in this gospel react when this happens to him? What does the king do after the servant begs him for patience?
5. What does the servant do when another servant can not pay his debt?
6. Which person in this Gospel does God want us to be like? What do you think about that?