DEAR FRIEND, the Rabbis had taught that people should forgive offenses only three times (cf. Amos 1:3-13; 2:1-6) – so Peter’s request was a ‘generous’ improvement. But for Jesus, we must forgive without taking count – seventy times seven! This is because, there is no offense against us which can compare with the enormous debt we owe God (cf. Mat.18:23-27) – the very reason for the Incarnation, and Jesus’ willing sacrifice on the cross to ransom us from slavery to sin, and eternal death (cf. 1Cor.7:23).
Thus, we should never forget the deeds of the Lord! (cf. Psa.78:7b). We too must show mercy and forgiveness towards every person who offends us (cf. Mat.6:12,24-15), for the measure we give is the measure we will receive (cf. Mat.6:12, Mark 4:24, Luke 6:38).
1. Ezekiel 12:1-12 (Old Testament)
2. Psalm 78:7b,56-59,61-62 (Response to the Old Testament)
3. Psalm 118:135 (Pointer & Summary of our Gospel today)
4. Matthew 18:21-19:1(Gospel of the Day)
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