Four Hundred Ninety Times for Forgiveness


Matthew 18:21-35


Peter asked Jesus how many times did

He have to forgive his brother, seven?

Jesus replied, seventy times seven.

That works out to four hundred ninety times.


Jesus said that we should always forgive.

We need to receive and grant forgiveness.

We forgive because we are in God’s debt.

God gives infinite mercy to sinners.


After a servant had received forgiveness,

For a large debt, he became hard-hearted.

He did not forgive small debts of others.

He found it quite difficult to forgive.


Grandpa Halas lived to be eighty-eight

And he said, “Life is too short for grudges.”


Patrick McCaskey


Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears, Chair of Sports Faith International, and Chair of WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as poet and the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas.  McCaskey’s latest book is Tuition Rebate.   Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel and Poems About the Gospel II are books for all seasons where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every poem–both books are available from Amazon.

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