Today’s readings speak to us about forgiveness. Peter’s question is one that many people wonder about often. Perhaps not in the same words but it is still the same question: How often must I forgive someone who has wronged me?
The Lord answers Peter’s question saying: “not just seven times but seventy-seven times”. This does not mean that we are to count a person’s wrongs and forgive him/her up to seventy-seven times. It simply means, that we are to forgive those who sin against us but they repent and ask for forgiveness. Just as the Lord forgives us when we repent and ask for his forgiveness.
Forgiveness is Jesus greatest gift to us. Jesus lived among us as a man, He suffered and died on the cross so that the Father would forgive our sins. I encourage all of you to ponder about today’s readings, perhaps there is someone in your life who you would like to ask for forgiveness. Or, maybe someone hurt you and made you feel angry. Think about it and consider reaching out to forgive and be forgiven. So how about a little forgiveness this week.