We must always try to forgive.

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INTRODUCTION

Tomorrow Sunday 13/9 Mt 18,21-35  is read.

It is about forgiveness. to pardon 7×77 times.

How important is this if you are a father.

And how difficult it is if someone has hurt or killed one of your beloved.

The massacre of Tutsie by Hutu in Rwanda looked to be unforgivable. But Tutsie victims and relatives were able to forgive as is told about in this video.  Activate transcript to get a translation.

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Mt 18,21-35 says:

18:21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?”
18:22 Jesus said to him, “I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.
18:23 Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants.
18:24 When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.e

18:25 But because he couldn’t pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
18:26 The servant therefore fell down and kneeled before him, saying, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will repay you all!’
18:27 The lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
18:28 “But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him one hundred denarii, and he grabbed him, and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
18:29 “So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay you!’ 18:30 He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due.
18:31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were exceedingly sorry, and came and told to their lord all that was done.
18:32 Then his lord called him in, and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me.
18:33 Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?’ 18:34His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him.
18:35 So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don’t each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds.”

 

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The message

Mt 18,21-35 says:

18:21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?”
18:22 Jesus said to him, “I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.

As the pope Francis said in the Angelus on Sunday (listen below) “seventy times seven” is the same as “always”

18:23 Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants.
18:24 When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

I think that  Pope Francis explained this parable clearly on the Angelus on Sunday. Open transcript to read text.

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conclusion

God always forgive. How difficult is it for us humans to forgive “seventy times seven” or always.


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