“Pay back what you owe.”      Matthew 18:27

Rather harsh words come to us in today’s gospel when Jesus tells another pointed parable. A king forgives the debt of one of his pleading servants who, in turn, does not forgive his own servant a lesser debt. When the king finds out, he is outraged and hands the unforgiving servant over to the torturers. Unless we forgive each other, says Jesus, the same will happen to us. Bottom line: Pay back is different to God.