Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reflection: Matthew 18: 15-20

Matthew 18: 15-20 (20th Week of Ordinary Time)

Today’s Gospel reading is extremely challenging!  In this reading Jesus tells the apostles that if someone hurts them or sins against them, they should go and talk with that person alone.  I wonder, how many of us do this?  This is not an easy or comfortable thing to do! My natural tendency can be to “nurse” that wound in my heart rather than talk to the individual. What is your natural response?

The thought of “clearing the air” with someone may be frightening or intimidating.  However, it may be the very thing that will resolve the problem!  Let us pray for the grace and courage we need in these situations.  May we trust that God will give us the strength and courage we need!

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