The Struggle for Freedom
Freedom means different things to different people – that’s obvious.
And freedom means different things in different contexts. To the Hebrew slaves in Egypt it meant release from hard servitude, and the promise of a land and destiny of their own.
To the small, young Christian community gathered in Rome it meant freedom from persecution, and the possibility that Jew and Gentile, the ‘sensitive’ and the ‘not so sensitive‘ in faith could live together as one believing community. Freedom to be God’s person, but in my skin!
In the Gospel passage, Jesus addresses the great miracle – the freedom that comes from forgiveness. Forgiveness offered, and forgiveness received. As usual, Jesus resorts to a story to make his point – The unforgiving slave. To forgive is to be part of the great movement of God in the world, for God is the great forgiver.