What do you do when somebody gives you a present? Well, you probably say “thank you!” Then, you might try to repay that person with another present—maybe for a birthday or for Christmas. Sometimes, we might feel like we owe something until we’ve given something equal.
In today’s Gospel reading, we hear a story that Jesus told. It shows us just how much God has given us, even when we haven’t really given anything back! In the story, a servant owes the king lots of money, so much money that he could never, ever repay it. The Bible says he owed 10 thousand talents—scholars say that would be worth about 10 million dollars! Imagine trying to ever repay that! This servant begged the king to forgive him, to help him. And the king did forgive the money. He forgave everything. The man didn’t owe anything anymore.
SAINTS ZACHARIAS AND ELIZABETH: FATHER AND MOTHER OF ST. JOHN
Last Sunday, we remembered a very special saint, a cousin of Jesus! Last Sunday was bittersweet, happy and sad together, because it was the day we remembered Saint John and how he was killed by people who hated Jesus and who hated the Lord. But it was happy too, because we remembered how much Saint John loved his cousin, Jesus, who
was God Himself!
Today, we celebrate Saint John’s holy parents, Saints Zacharias and Elizabeth. They loved God too, and that is why God gave them such a special son! Zacharias was a priest in the temple, and they both tried hard to serve God in the best way. They couldn’t have children, and they prayed so much that God would give them a child. God heard their prayer (He always does!) and an angel told Zacharias that they would have a son who was “great in the sight of the Lord.”
We remember these special saints today, Sept. 5 (OC: Sept. 18th).