Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 10, 2017

Many HandsThis is the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s gospel reminds us that wherever two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name, Christ is present. Jesus teaches that those who go astray are not sinners to be punished nor enemies to be shunned, but cherished brothers and sisters whom we must seek out and reconcile with…a sin of one member affects the life of the whole community of the church. We are accountable to and for one another, and our manner of relating, reconciling and praying together reveals the living presence of Christ among us. May our prayer strengthen and guide us in loving our neighbor as ourselves, that we may bear witness to that love which is the fulfillment of the law.

The task which the Lord gives us… is the vocation to charity in which each of Christ’s disciples puts his or her entire life at his service, so to grow each day in love.” (Pope Francis, 9/4/2016)

The Sunday Readings:

  • Ezekiel 33:7–9. You are responsible for speaking up when silence would lead to condemnation. Salvation comes from fidelity to the word.
  • Romans 13:8–10. The commandment to love doesn't narrow our responsibilities; it expands them immeasurably, since the law of love sums up all other commands and is “the fulfillment of the law.”
  • Matthew 18:15–20. Misbehavior by one believer has an effect on the whole community; therefore it is the responsibility of each believer to deal with what seems to be misbehavior. But this is not done publicly and in heated anger; it is done as gently as possible for as long as possible; and Jesus is present when the community prays together. The only debt we have to each other is one of love.

Of Note:

  • Padre JoseWelcome Padre José Dominguez, pastor of San Lorenzo Mártir, our sister parish in Amatan, Chiapas, Mexico! Come hear Padre José preaching at all Masses this weekend, and join us for one or more of the other festivities, too!
  • This weekend we celebrate the sacrament of Baptism.
  • The next opportunities for Individual Reconciliation are September 9 and 23, 2017 (2nd and 4th Saturdays), 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Pre-K through Grade 6 Formation Classes will begin Sunday, September 17. 2017. Please register your children; forms are in the parish office. Assistant teachers are still needed for 5th grade and preschool; is God calling YOU? For more information contact Polly Duncan Collum (our new Director of Religious Education).