Forgiveness has Implications for this Life and the Next
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – September 17th, 2017
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 18:21-35) addresses the necessity of repentance and repeated forgiveness that are required of those who call themselves Christian. The Gospel passage can be divided into two major sections. The first is Peter’s question to Jesus: “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” (18:21-22). This is followed by Jesus’ response that forgiveness knows no bounds or limits (18:22). The second section is the parable of the unmerciful servant that Jesus uses to drive home his point (18:23-34).