Forgive a loan - plead now
Have you ever heard of a lending institution forgiving a loan after pleading that you cannot pay back the loan? Forgiving a loan would truly be an act of forgiveness.
In Mt 18:21-35, Peter asks Jesus, how many times must he give forgiveness to a brother who wronged him? Seven times? Jesus replies seventy times seven. Then Jesus tells a parable of the merciless official. This official owed a huge amount to the master but pleaded his case that he could not pay the huge debt. After hearing the pleading the master moved with pity forgave the the debt. The official then met a fellow servant who owed him a very small amount. He also could not pay his debt and pleaded his case. The official had his fellow servant jailed until the small amount was paid. When the forgiving master received word of the actions of the official he sent for him. The master sent the official to the torturers until the debt was paid. The master did so because the official showed no forgiveness to a fellow servant that he himself received for a much greater debt.
If we do not practice forgiveness and mercy, why should we expect forgiveness and mercy from others and God. The forgiveness and mercy of God knows no limit. As we pray the Our Father we say, '...and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those we trespass against us.' This petition of the Our Father, "... begs God's mercy for our offences, mercy which can penetrate our heart only if we learn to forgive our enemies, with the example and help of Christ." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2862) "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." (Mt 5:7) "If he sins against you seven times a day, and seven times a day turns back to you saying 'I am sorry' forgive him." (Lk17:4)
St. Philip Neri (1515-1595) writes, "If a man finds it very hard to forgive injuries, let him look at a crucifix and think that Christ has shed all his blood for him, and not only forgave his enemies, but prayed the Eternal Father to forgive them also. Let him remember also that when he says the Paster Noster (Our Father) every day instead of asking for pardon for his sins, he is calling down vengeance upon them."
"Be assured that one great means to find favor when we appear before God is to have pardoned the injuries we have received here below." (Ven. Louise de Granada 1505-1588)