Ordinary 24 13 September 2020

A reflection for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Forgiveness Today’s reading invites us to consider what it is to forgive others by considering how Christ desires us to. Peter, in Matthew’s gospel suggested to Jesus that we should forgive fellow church members seven times, but Jesus said that we need to forgive our companions seventy-seven times, indicating that forgiveness is something that must be continuous and ongoing. I wonder how many of us forgive as Jesus intended. I know that I am someone who struggles to let go of things when someone wrongs me, but I guess that this is our human nature. Today, Jesus invites us to look at forgiveness in a different way. Jesus calls us to forg

Ordinary 23 September 6 2020

Reflection for OS23, Sunday September 6 2020 Gospel reading: Matthew 18.15-20 – Forgiveness and reconciliation; harmony in the church. Jesus draws on traditional Jewish teaching in the gospel reading for today. He sets down the community rules for dealing with trouble between Christian brothers. It emerges that harmony is very important for the Christian community. This is reflected in the requirement to make three attempts at reconciliation when a dispute occurs. The injured party must first make an attempt to explain between the two of you in private. Then if this fails take two or three others with you. If this third attempt also fails the offended brother can invoke the whole churc

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