Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:15-20 – NINETEENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Today’s Gospel reading is about fraternal correction. Jesus describes a rudimentary form of due process. If someone appears to be doing wrong, speak to him or her. If that fails, bring a witness. If that does not work, refer the matter to the local Church. The Lord is showing us that there is a Christian way of settling problems. If discussion does not help, there are alternatives. Private resolution should always be the first step before we initiate a public process process or litigation. Fraternal correction is never easy to give or to receive. Some spiritual directors suggest that each of us have a “truth speaker” in our lives – an individual we trust who can speak directly, freely and candidly to us about any personal shortcoming in our life.
Whenever Christians gather to pray, discuss, disagree or to correct one another, the Lord Jesus is still among us.
No area of our life, not even our disagreements, should be cut off from the healing presence of Christ.
Jakarta, 15 August 2018
A Christian Pilgrim