Sir. 27:30-28:7; Rom. 14:7-9; Mt. 18:21-35
Dear brothers and Sisters
Today we are taught about the greatness of forgiveness. In Matthew 18:21-35, Peter asks Jesus a question that has likely crossed all our minds at some point: "How often should I forgive someone who sins against me?"
To understand the depth of Jesus' teaching, let's first look to the Old Testament. In the book of Genesis, we encounter the story of Joseph, who forgave his brothers after they had sold him into slavery out of jealousy. Despite their betrayal and cruelty, Joseph forgave them when he had the power to seek revenge. He said to them in Genesis 50:20, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Joseph's forgiveness is a profound example of letting go of resentment and trusting in God's greater plan.