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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
49

When they were in the house at Capernaum,
he questioned them, "What were you discussing on the way?"

They were silent;
for they had discussed with each other on the way
who was greater.

Sitting he called the twelve and said to them,
"If anyone wants to be first,
he will be last of all and servant of all."

Calling a child he set it in the middle,
and taking it in his arms
he said to them, "Amen, I tell you,
unless you change and become like children,
you may not enter into the sovereignty of heaven.
Therefore whoever humbles oneself like this child,
this one is the greater in the sovereignty of heaven.
Whoever welcomes one such child in my name, welcomes me;
and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me."

John said to him, "Teacher,
we saw someone expelling demons in your name,
and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us."

But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him;
for there is no one who will do a powerful deed in my name
and quickly be able to speak evil of me;
for whoever is not against us, is for us.

"For whoever gives you a cup of water in the name,
because you are Christ's,
amen, I tell you that one will not lose one's reward.
But whoever offends one of these small ones believing in me,
it would be better for one
if a millstone were laid around one's neck
and one was thrown into the sea and drowned.
Woe to the world from the offenses, for offenses must come;
but woe to the person through whom the offense comes.

"If your hand or your foot offends you,
cut if off and throw it away from you;
it is better for you to enter into life deformed or lame,
than having two hands or two feet to be thrown into hell.

"If your eye offends you,
take it out and throw it away from you;
for it is better for you to enter one-eyed into life,
than having two eyes to be thrown into the fire's hell,
where their worm does not die
and the fire is not extinguished.

"For everyone will be salted with fire.
Salt is fine;
but if the salt becomes saltless,
with what will you season it?
Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with each other.

"See that you do not look down on one of these small ones;
for I tell you that their angels in heaven
see through everything the face of my Father in heaven.

"Watch yourselves;
and if your brother sins,
go correct him between you and him alone.
If he repents, forgive him.
If he sins against you seven times a day
and seven times turns to you
saying, 'I repent,' forgive him.
If he listens to you, you gained your brother;
but if he does not listen,
take along with you one or two more,
so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses
every saying may be established;
but if he ignores them, tell the congregation;
and if he ignores also the congregation,
let him be as a national and tax collector.

"Amen, I tell you that if two of you agree on the earth
about any action which you may request,
it will come to be for you from my Father in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered in my name,
I am there with them."

Then Peter approaching said to him, "Lord, how many times
will my brother sin against me and shall I forgive him?
Up to seven times?"

Jesus said to him, "I do not tell you up to seven times,
but up to seventy times seven.

"For this reason the sovereignty of heaven is like a king,
who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
As he began the accounting,
one debtor of ten thousand talents was brought to him.
As he did not have it to pay back,
the lord commanded him and his wife and children
and everything he had to be sold, and it be paid back.

"So the servant fell on his knees to him saying,
'Be patient with me,
and I will pay back everything to you.'
Empathizing with that servant
the lord released him and forgave the loan.

"But going out that servant
found one of his fellow servants,
who owed him a hundred days' wages
and grabbing him he choked him
saying, 'Pay back if you owe anything.'

"So falling down his fellow servant begged him
saying, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'
He did not want to,
but going away he threw him into prison
until he should pay back the debt.

"So seeing what happened
his fellow servants were deeply grieved,
and coming explained to the lord themselves
everything that happened.

"Then his lord calling him said to him, 'Bad servant,
I forgave you all that debt, since you begged me to;
must not you also have mercy on your fellow servant,
as I had mercy on you?'

"Being angry his lord gave him over to the jailers
until he should pay back all the debt to him.
Thus also my heavenly Father will do to you,
unless you each forgive your brother from your hearts."

49. On Humility and Forgiveness Harmony 49 * Interpretation 49
50. Pharisees Try to Arrest Jesus Harmony 50 * Synthesis 50 * Interpretation 50

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