Reflection on Matthew 18:15-20 ~
A broken relationship that needs healing requires hearts opened in unconditional love in honest gentile conversation. Our desire for restoration must include hope for wholeness and mending the harm, otherwise the wound remains both in them and us. Jesus and the community of saints want to help so bring Divinity into your prayer beforehand. We should only give up conversion when it becomes impossible, but prayer for the wholeness in the relationship should never cease.
Matthew 18 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
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 daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 18:15-20.