MY daily reflection and prayer: Sunday, September 7, 2014.
“If your brother sin against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone: if he hears you, you have gained your brother.” (Matthew 18:15)
Here is the Gospel proclaimed to us today according to St. 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.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord, Jesus Christ.
Today, Jesus teaches us the best way to repair a damaged relationship between one another. He offers us spiritual freedom and power for restoring broken or injured relationships among us with love and care.
The first step must be done is to speak directly and privately to the individual who has wronged us. Do not brood over our grievance, for it can poison our mind and heart. It also makes our relation more difficult to the person who caused the damage.
If the first step fails in its purpose, then we do the second step. We bring another person or persons, someone who is wise and gracious rather than someone who is temperamental or judgmental. Here we try to persuade the offender to see the wrong and to be reconciled. The main purpose is reconciliation.
If the second also fails, do not give up. We seek the help of our community, the Christians. We need them to help us in restoring a broken relationship. We need their prayer for we want to seek a solution for reconciliation based on Christian love and wisdom.
If he refuses to listen even to the Christian community, then treat him as a tax collector. What does it mean? It means that we must bring him to Jesus himself in our prayer. We know well, the Gospel proclaims that Jesus often had fellowship with tax-collectors. He eats with them. He accepts them lovingly. He refuses no one who is open to receive pardon, healing, and restoration.
The last step is praying for healing and reconciliation in His power of love. Jesus Christ wants to set us free from resentment, ill-will, and unforgiveness. His love both purifies and sets us free to do good to all, even those who cause us grief. We must not give up on praying for those who wrong us.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we pray for those who against us. With Jesus’ help we must seek to make every effort to win those who cause us injured with the grace and power of His healing love and wisdom. Let’s repair the broken relationship in His love and mercy.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, help us to be an instrument of Your healing love and peace. Give us wisdom and courage to bring Your healing love and saving truth to those in need of healing and restoration. May we be a sign of peace and brotherhood among all the nations, now and forever. Amen.
Have a nice Sunday and God bless you.
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