“Should you not deal mercifully with your fellow servant,” our Father asks, “as I dealt with you?” The gift from God most difficult to share and bestow upon another is forgiveness; yet it’s often the one of which we stand most in need. In today’s reading from the gospel according to St Matthew, we are presented with a key question about forgiveness. “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” The answer that St Peter hoped to hear was:”Yes, 7 times is just right”. Why 7 times? In the Scriptures, seven is a symbol of fullness and completion. But as Christ said:“Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.” With such a response Christ showed us that there is no limit to how many times one ought to forgive.


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