I am There – Reflection on Matthew 18:15-20
Before you approach dressing the wounds of a broken relationship, invite Divinity into your prayer. Jesus will be with you as you can trust His “I am there,” and the community of saints also wants to help. At least one person involved in a relationship must have unconditional love, the ability to forgive, and be honest to consider recovering from a damaged relationship. Our desire for restoration must include hope for each other’s wholeness and mending of the harm. Otherwise, the wound remains in the other person(s) and within us. We should only give up on further conversation when we exhaust the possibility for civility in dialog. However, you may have a situation when someone in your life cannot understand their emotions, misunderstandings, or what forgiveness brings. I deeply know the sorrow of having only a thread of prayer and hope about a relationship becoming whole. I have been trying to recover what used to be a close friendship for years. The Christian value of hope and prayer with two or more is all I can do.
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Matthew 18:15-20 – Scripture*
Reproving Another Who Sins
15 “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16 But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel and reading this Lectio Divina on Matthew 18:15-20 Refection – I am There
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Matthew 18 passage.
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