7 And the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.
8 And you shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'”
9 And Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.”10 And Joshua said, “Hereby you shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites.11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is to pass over before you into the Jordan.
13 And when the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be stopped from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.” 14 So, when the people set out from their tents, to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,15 and when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest),16 the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap far off, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were wholly cut off; and the people passed over opposite Jericho.17 And while all Israel were passing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. 23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.24 When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; 25 and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’27 And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.28 But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’
29 So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’30 He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; 33 and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’34 And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt.35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan;
THE BOOK OF JOSHUA: Joshua succeeded the office of Moses and he is tasked to complete the Israelites journey over the river Jordan into the promised land which is made possible by the priests who carried the Ark. Upon the priest touching the waters of the Jordan, its banks would overflow to allow the ‘passover event.’
The journey of Joshua, a name that means ‘Yeshua’ in the Hebrew language, is a typological prefiguring that foreshadowed the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river.Our Lords baptism is the prototypical initiation of a neophyte who is immersed into the water; regenerated, ‘born anew’ and saved by the Father Son and Holy Spirit.
THE GOSPEL READING begins with Peters question of how many times we aught to forgive another person. Our Lords response suggest that a believer can never stop forgiving another person for any reason whatsoever! Our desire that the Father ‘forgive us our trespasses’ is predicated or conditioned on our willingness to forgive anyone who have harmed us! Todays reading suggest that our unwillingness to forgive shall bring about our severe punishment in the afterlife! The Church refer to this discourse of post death suffering as the doctrine of “purgatory!”
A believer who died imperfectly in sin must “pay back the last penny” before he or she shall enter heaven, because “nothing unclean” shall enter heaven! 2 Cor 6:14-17; Rev 21:24-27 Mt 5:8 Peters question reveal our need to regularly repent:”come clean,” and be renewed and forgiven of our sinful deeds against others! Our Lord gave us an escape route to cross over the Jordan to the other side with the priestly Sacrament of confession (Jn 20:23) that is indeed the surgery we need to remove our cancerous disorders and settle our debts! To be sure, whilst in the living we aught to personally forgive others or beg pardon from those whom we have harmed.
LET US PRAY:Psalms 114:1-6
1 When Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2 Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.3 The sea looked and fled, Jordan turned back.
4 The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.5 What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? 6 O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?
Author. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days
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