Wednesday August 16
Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
  • Deuteronomy 34:1-12
  • Psalm 66:1-3,5,8,16-17
  • Matthew 18:15-20

Relationships have problems, challenges, misunderstandings, confusion and clashes. The world offers us easy and simple ways of handling problems – fight mode – ‘confrontation’, the flight mode – ‘I don’t care’, the freeze mode – ‘it is not my problem’. In today’s Gospel proclamation, Jesus offers us a different way to handle relationship problems – ‘carefrontation’ be- cause the person is more important than the issue. Taking the first step to resolve a misunderstanding is challenging. It is not easy to accept our mistakes or take the first step in talking to someone who has a problem with us. It forces us to let go of our ego and to be humble. This is how Jesus is pruning the branch that is not bearing fruit. It challenges us to be like Jesus, who said: “Father, forgive them”. Why is harmony so crucial that Jesus makes it a condition for our prayers to be answered? Why is harmony a promise of God’s presence? (Mt 18:19-20) When we swallow our pride and take the first step in bringing harmony, we can glorify God.

Prayer: Abba Father, may I be humble. Amen.

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