This week, we get to the heart of this parable: forgiveness. On its surface, it sounds much more appealing to our cultural ears than concepts like sin and repentance. But in a society filled with oppression, victimization, and abuse, forgiveness can quickly become problematic, because it often feels like a suspension or denial of justice. However, Jesus was no stranger to oppression, victimization, or abuse. And yet he considered forgiveness to be one of the most important things to teach us, both how to receive it and how to give it. At its essence, this parable is an invitation to know God - and to become like him.