Thursday, August 16, 2007


Then came Peter unto him and said: Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a king, who would take an account of his servants. And when he had begun to take the account, one was brought to him, that owed him ten thousand talents. And as he had not wherewith to pay it, his lord commanded that he should be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.

But that servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And the lord of that servant being moved with pity, let him go and forgave him the debt. But when that servant was gone out, he found one of his fellow servants that owed him an hundred pence: and laying hold of him, throttled him, saying: Pay what thou owest. And his fellow servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he paid the debt.

Now his fellow servants seeing what was done, were very much grieved, and they came and told their lord all that was done. Then his lord called him; and said to him: Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all the debt, because thou besoughtest me: Shouldst not thou then have had compassion also on thy fellow servant, even as I had compassion on thee? And his lord being angry, delivered him to the torturers until he paid all the debt. So also shall my heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.

And it came to pass when Jesus had ended these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judea, beyond Jordan.
Matthew 18:21–19:1 (Douay-Rheims)


Dear Father no matter how often we transgress you forgive us. Jesus gives us an example to follow when we are sinned against as well as being the sinner. We are to forgive as often as we can. There is no limit to the amount of forgiveness we can give because you forgive us far more than we could ever imagine. Yet we don't do as Jesus speaks of. We often go through life with these burdens of unforgiveness. Jesus exhorts us to forgive from our hearts, where we find freedom and love. Any hurt, any discord, forgive from the heart those who cause pain and suffering and pray for them to find forgiveness in their hearts too. May we come to live this message of Jesus and do as he asks of us and forgive as many as seven times and more if need be those who need to be forgiven. Amen

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