For this fifth Sunday in the series on the Prayer of Jesus, Rev. Cari is preaching on both the Hebrew Bible concept of Jubilee (found in Leviticus 25:1-17 and 23-28) and Matthew 18:23-35, which is the parable of the unforgiving debtor.
Both texts invite humanity (and the Jubilee text invites all of creation) to join with God in a practice of gracious redistribution of wealth that sets the burdened free. And though Rev. Cari makes much of the outrageous numbers in the parable, it’s clear that the kind of accountability that Jesus is talking about is very different from the “accounting” that we practice in our own relationships.
Listen for a hint of the promise of God that is still on offer now!