I’ll leave it up to you to decide which category you belong in!
There is a central theme in today’s Gospel passage that is to do with FORGIVENESS. Jesus’ response to Peter’s question concerning how many times must one forgive highlights the very human tendency to inquire about the rules - What must I do to be OK? Or what is the least amount of work I have to do to still get by? The Jewish custom was that you forgive three times only. Peter may have felt that he was being generous by doubling that figure and adding one more for good measure bringing it up to SEVEN. Jesus in saying that it’s more like 70 X 7 shows how ridiculous it is in trying to make ‘regulations’ for forgiveness. In effect Jesus is saying that Peter (and we as well) have missed the point. Mercy, compassion and forgiveness are central characteristics of God that are without NUMBER and we, the people of God, walking in the footsteps of Jesus, are to grow in these qualities. As we meet together today, may God’s grace and forgiveness be among the things we ponder, not only for ourselves but for the world.