Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Children depend on their parents to love, forgive, and provide for them. Jesus noticed the reluctance of adults to humbly acknowledge dependence on our heavenly Father. Even the faithful sometimes go astray, but the Lord never hesitates to bring a lost sheep back into the fold. The Pharisees used Mosaic law on marriage to challenge Jesus, who taught His followers not to separate what God has joined. We might want to draw the line on how much or how many times we will forgive. When Peter suggested seven times as a cutoff, Jesus said to go for seventy-seven. In deciding how to treat people in our lives, do we consider how to multiply God’s goodness to us?