Refelction from Fr. Taylor: September 10, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ezekiel 33:7-9    Romans 13:8-10    Matthew 18:15-20

Throughout all of biblical history the Lord has sent prophets and teachers to show us how to live and to give us guidance through our challenging world. They were sent to us for the good of the entire community. They call us to community, to lives of justice and mercy and to turn away from selfishness, evil, and sin. God’s prophets have focused on the needs of the poor, the weak, the sick, the homeless, migrants and immigrants. The Lord has also sent modern day folks into our lives who do the same thing like Pope Francis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dorothy Day and Bishop Romero.

In today’s gospel Jesus suggests to His disciples about their moral responsibilities to  each other. We find ways to do this in our own lives. One thing we have to remember is that when we are correcting others that we need the same correction. St. Paul takes up this theme in his book to the Romans. He says “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Jesus gives an example of how to be reconciled with one another. He demands that we forgive because we are always asking for forgiveness. If God can forgive us for every thing that we have done how can we turn down those who ask for forgiveness. The old saying “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is still relevant today.

 

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