24th Sunday in Ordinary Time A20
Today we have a continuation of last week’s Gospel and its theme of forgiveness. Peter puts himself as a foil by asking a question. Peter wants to know how often he must forgive a fellow member in the household of the Church who commits an offense or sin time and again. The rabbis taught that one fulfilled the duty to forgive by pardoning the offender 3 times, three strikes and you’re out in baseball terms. Quite likely Peter was patting himself on the back and expecting Jesus’ praise by suggesting 7 times which amount implied always. Jesus retorted 77 times, implying infinite forgiveness.