Prayer of the Day
Feast of St. John Ogilvie, ScotlandMarch 10th, 2015
In to-day’s first reading, God’s deliverance of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was a great victory of faith for the Jews in captivity. They were protected from harm, they were comforted in trial. God was glorified and they were rewarded. Let us resolve to be true to God, no matter how difficult the pressure or punishment. God’s protection transcends anything we can imagine.
“Peter went up to Jesus and asked; ‘How often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus said to him; ‘Not seven, but seventy seven times.'” (Matthew 18 : 21-35) The Rabbi’s taught that people should forgive those who offend them – but only three times. Peter, trying to be especially generous, if seven, the perfect number, was enough times to forgive anyone. But Jesus answered; “Seventy seven times” meaning that we should not keep track of how many times we forgive someone. We should always forgive someone who is truly repentant, no matter how many times they ask.