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Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.”

Who among us has not experienced the need to be forgiven? Forgiveness is part of the daily activity of being in relationship with others. Sometimes we are the ones called upon to forgive and forgiving those closest to us can be the most difficult. That seems to be where Peter’s question comes from. Jesus’ answer goes right to the heart of the matter-forgiveness has no cap, no boundary. We have been forgiven everything by the Father, and we are called to do the same for others. Easy? No. Rewarding? Eternally.

How do I ask forgiveness from someone I love?

Merciful God, you showed us forgiveness by sending your Son, Jesus, to suffer, die and rise again in glory. Help me to show my gratitude to you by being generous in forgiving those who have offended me.

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