Gospel: 23 Sunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 18:15-20
Jesus said to his disciples: “if your brother does something wrong, to have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your bother, if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: the evidence of two or three witnesses is requited to sustain any change. But if he refuses to listen to theses, report it to the community: and if he refuses to listen to the community, treat him like a pagan or a tax collector. “I tell you solemnly; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven. “I tell you solemnly once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three meet in my name; I shall be there with them”.
Is there someone in our lives whom we have hurt that we need to listen to and acknowledge? Are we troubled by the past hurts you have caused others? We thank for the sacrament of reconciliation where God’s mercy abounds. We ask God for the courage and humility to say sorry and recognise when we have not listened to others.
Consider the conflicts that exist in our world today – between different religions, race and ethnic groups for example Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. Pray for all communities and world leaders to show care, respect, and responsibility when dealing with crisis.
Can you remember a time in your life when someone who was close to you hurt or offended you and, although it was difficult, you asked that person to listen to your grievance? Can you remember the feeling of being heard and understood? Take a moment to thank God for being reconciled to that person and for his or her openness to growth