Seventy Times Seven

Do you remember learning your times tables at school? ‘Two times two is four, three times two is six, four times two is eight…’ In the days before electronic calculators took the strain, the combination of daily classroom sing songs and homework repetition rooted the multiplication tables in our brains. However, growing up in Northern Ireland, there was one times table that I did not learn in school, or church or anywhere. 

 70 times 7.

Matthew’s Gospel tells us that when Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins…

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