Friday in the First Week of Lent

by Mary Gossy


ebt just gets bigger and bigger until it crushes everything. Debt from trying to get a house, schooling; to pay medical bills—

You don’t get out from under it until you’ve paid the last penny, so why bother? The debts are too big. Paying off debt can be a purgatory, even when the end is in sight. It takes forever and you could still lose everything if you miss a payment.

You owe me. With everything I’ve done for you, you should at least admit how much you owe me. You owe me and I will never let you forget it. I won’t forgive you. You haven’t earned it, you ungrateful idiot.

Forgive us our debts.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Usury may devour my finances, but I don’t want to let resentment bankrupt my heart: where your treasure is, there will your heart be, also. An inspired forgiveness can set the soul free. If I can’t forgive others’ debts to me, God can: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” Jesus is always putting his money where his mouth is. First the forgiving, then the healing. The rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, so that he could get on with the forgiving and the healing, from the height of the cross, finally.