Weil: remission of debts
Commemoration of Mary Slessor, Missionary in West Africa, 1915
[Jesus:] “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
—Matthew 6:12 (KJV)
To remit debts is to renounce our own personality. It means renouncing everything that goes to make up our ego, without any exception. It means knowing that in the ego there is nothing whatever, no psychological element, that external circumstances could not do away with. It means accepting that truth. It means being happy that things should be so.
The words “Thy will be done” imply this acceptance, if we say them with all our soul. That is why we can say a few moments later: “We forgive our debtors.”
... Simone Weil (1909-1943), Waiting for God, Emma Craufurd, tr., Putnam, 1951, p. 224 (see the book)
See also Matt. 6:12; Ps. 32:1; 130:4; Matt. 6:10,14-15; 18:21-22; Mark 11:25-26; Luke 6:37; 11:4; 17:3-5; Acts 13:38; Eph. 1:7; 4:32
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, change my heart so that I may forgive my debtors.
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