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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 13, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How loving is our Lord that He even teaches how to remedy relationships broken through sin.

Such is sin that it often blinds us to our faults and love. So infectious is it that even the victims are tempted at times to make big what is small or to publicly shame, as to seek justice. The sinner too may attempt to make small what is big or make light of it.

Then there are times we would rather keep quiet so as to avoid confrontation, to keep the ‘peace’, to avoid ‘pain’ for both parties. But such is the nature of sin that it never remains quiet, it festers and it grows, spreading injury and destruction. Not just the victim but the sinner too! For sin is never private!

Lord Jesus, may Your loving presence be with us always. So that as we admonish each other in love, when we go wrong; so too through that same love, we may grow in faith and charity for one another. Always remaining focussed on our loving Father of Whom we serve. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 18:15–20

Jesus said to his disciples:“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell the Church. If he refuses to listen even to the Church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”