Mathew 18:24— And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
The “denarius” and “talent” were units of currency in the New Testament times. A denarius was a roman silver coin weighing about 4 grams. A talent, a unit of weight for gold or silver, typically weighed about 33kgs.
We are all sinners, who have committed grave sins against God. Just like the man who owed the king a princely sum of ten thousand talents, which he could never repay by his own strength or ability we too can never obtain forgiveness for our sins on our own strength or ability.
The king in his kindness forgave this man the entire amount of money. “What a kind and generous King” we would think. God also forgives us unconditionally.
Isaiah 1:18 — “Come now, and let us reason together ,”Says the Lord ,“Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
Our debt of sin against the Lord is impossible to repay. But out of his unconditional love for us, he chose to send His son to die on the cross. This freed Him to completely and unconditionally forgive us. All we need to do is ask for forgiveness and firmly believe that we have been forgiven through Christ.
The man was brought to the king; he didn’t come on his own. When we continue to walk in sin (debt) our conscience will bring us before the king – Our conscience advises us to do what is best and it sets before us the will of God. The voice of our conscience is the voice of God speaking to our human spirit. God gave us the gift of our conscience to know right from wrong.
Our conscience brings us before God. If you are not sure of your next step, listen carefully to the voice of God and you will never go wrong.
We are all sinners. We are all called to a conversion of heart — Pope Francis.