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UNDAILY Episode 77

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you? ‘In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

MATTHEW 18, 21-35 (NIV)


In a conversation with Peter, Jesus poses a challenge that undoubtedly upends our human notions of justice. In a world where a ledger of profits and losses governs not just the economy but also interpersonal relationships, the Messiah speaks to us about boundless forgiveness. Isn't this a contrarian philosophy? In our daily struggles, where even the slightest injury can stir a storm in the heart and raise blood pressure, Christ's words act like a balm... or, for some, a thorn. "How many times should I forgive my brother who sins against me?


Seven is a symbolic amount of completeness. The inclusion of this number in most Bible translations signals to the listener that it's about continual forgiveness. And escalating it to a higher order, seventy-seven, leaves no room for doubt. "Up to seven times?" Peter asks. Jesus's response, "Not just seven times, but seventy-seven times," is like a proverbial gauntlet thrown at our emotional limitations.



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