State of the Parish :: September 10, 2017
09/10/17: Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
09/10/17: Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Dave Reeson
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The prophet Ezekiel is charged to make the nation aware of their shortcomings, lest they die. The prophet is warned that should he not make known Israel’s sins to the people, they will die, but his life will likewise be required of him. If the “wicked” are warned and do not repent, they will perish, however, the prophet will live.
The selection from Paul’s Letter to the Romans lists a number of the commandments from the Decalogue, yet sums them up with one of the “greatest” commandments, to love your neighbor as you love yourself. In the epistle, Paul is reflecting on the place of the law in the Christian life. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law, and Christians are charged to “love” as this is the epitome of living a life of faithfulness.
Matthew’s Gospel provides a periscope on church discipline. If a member of the body needs correction, first you can approach him privately, if this does not work, then you are charged to bring witnesses. If the person in the wrong, does not listen, then the entire Church is to be involved in trying to set the “brother” who sinned on the right path. If all else fails, the person is to be treated as an outsider and basically excommunicated from the church. Apologetics will use the conclusion of today’s Gospel to provide a foundation for the sacrament of confession. The Church is granted the power and charge of reconciliation. In conclusion, the promise is given that where “two or three are gathered in my name”, I will be present in their midst. This is a testament to the proximate presence of Christ that the early community experienced when gathered in prayer.
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