Considering the line from “The Lord’s Prayer”: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” (which is strangely absent from many versions of the prayer; perhaps some churches want to keep people firmly in the grasp of the Capitalist/Puritan ethic, which serves to keep the individual disempowered and the status quo unaltered).
One can think of this line in purely financial terms.
But another interpretation could be those ‘debts’ we believe others owe us: So-and-so should have given me that job; It’s so-and-so’s fault that what happened happened; So-and-so owes me an explanation/apology; So-and-so should have done a better job, shown up sooner, done the right thing, and on and on.
Perhaps when we consider taking people off the ‘cross’ (see July 10th post), we might also think about those we feel owe us something in this life, who have made us the victim, and examine what is really “owed” us in this world.
Maybe then we can also clear our own ‘debts’, as well as those of others.