Correction springs from true love
Posted by prepareformass on September 1, 2008
Prepare for Mass – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Today’s Readings
The law is summed up in loving neighbor as yourself. We should owe nothing to anyone except to love each other. (Rom 13:8-10) The most important thing that we can do for one another is to pray for each other’s wellbeing. If someone we know sins against us, we are to first approach that person and point out their fault. If they refuse to listen, bring one or two others. Where two or three are gathered, there I am in their midst says the Lord. If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church.
When God spoke to Ezekiel and appointed him as watchman for the house of Israel (Ez 33) the instruction was the necessity to warn man of his wicked ways.
You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.
If I tell the wicked man that he shall surely die, and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked man from his way, he (the wicked man) shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death.
But if you warn the wicked man, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself.
We should not only recognize the faults in ourselves and others, but we should do something about it. If we know that someone is in trouble, it is our duty in love and of social concern to provide guidance through fraternal correction.
CCC 2472 The duty of Christians to take part in the life of the Church impels them to act as witnesses of the Gospel and of the obligations that flow from it. This witness is a transmission of the faith in words and deeds. Witness is an act of justice that establishes the truth or makes it known. All Christians by the example of their lives and the witness of their word, wherever they live, have an obligation to manifest the new man which they have put on in Baptism and to reveal the power of the Holy Spirit by whom they were strengthened at Confirmation.
THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY
1. Counsel the doubtful.
2. Instruct the ignorant.
3. Admonish sinners.
4. Comfort the afflicted.
5. Forgive offenses.
6. Bear wrongs patiently.
7. Pray for the living and the dead.
Father Ted Tyler from Australia reflects on the Gospel of the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Sin and conversion from sin is not just a personal private matter. It is a social matter too. (Twenty third Sunday in Ordinary Time A, 08, Matthew 18, 15-20)
More from Father Ted Tyler on his website at www.catholic-church.org/ejtyler
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
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