Sunday 10 September 2017
Psalter Week III. 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ezekiel 33:7-9. Psalm 94(95):1-2, 6-9. Romans 13:8-10. Matthew 18:15-20.
O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts — Psalm 94(95):1-2, 6-9.
‘My thoughts are not your thoughts; my ways are not your ways’, says the Lord.
Jesus sets out the steps we need to take in moving towards reconciliation.
The first is to talk it over in a calm atmosphere. Maybe a peacemaking telephone overture might ease things, or an approach through a mutual friend. A card at Christmas, Easter or birthday may be a simple signal of one’s readiness to resume Christian relations.
One duty remains clear: we need do whatever is in our power to restore Christian amity, or our sign of peace in the Mass is a sham.
‘If you come to offer a gift at the altar, and recall that your brother or sister has some grievance against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go first to be reconciled: only then may you offer your gift.’
Dear Lord, please give me a forgiving heart and the ability to make the sign of peace a profession of being at peace with all others.