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Prayer Makes Reconciliation Possible

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Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

August 13, 2014

 

READINGS

First Reading:  EZ 9:1-7; 10:18-22

Responsorial Psalm: PS 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

Gospel: MT 18:15-20

 

Reflection

While reconciliation is the main focus of our Gospel today, it is prayer that makes it possible.

Jesus taught his disciples to reconcile with those who offended them, who have sinned against them. He did not say that they should wait for the person to do the first move and ask for forgiveness.  He simply said to go and reconcile with them.

Reconciliation happens if the offender listens, that is, if he asks for forgiveness for his offences. If this does not happen, Jesus presented the next things to do to win back the brother who err. He continued to say to bring mediators or witnesses in the process. The last resort would be with the presence of the Church. If all efforts to make reconciliation happen are exhausted, and still there is no repentance, Jesus said “then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.” This is the worst thing that could happen to a Jew during Jesus’ time, to be separated, outcasted from the community.  Jesus told them this in order to encourage reconciliation right at the very first stage, just keeping it between the two of them, in order to prevent further damage or worst being treated as an outcast.

In a world where there is so much conflict big and small, globally and locally, efforts of reconciliation are being done even in the presence of some mediators. However, this is in the global arena. Locally, there is also the office of the barangay to help things and then there is the court of laws.  But it is different in the local and even personal arena. We seldom see people who approach an offender to offer forgiveness. Most of the time, pride sets in. Many would say “why should I go to him when he is the one who did me wrong. He should be the one to approach me first and ask for forgiveness then I will forgive him.”  This is the way of the world.forgive-208824_640

The ways Christians reconcile are a direct opposite to wordy ways.  Jesus said ” “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.” He wants to do the first move at reconciling with our offenders.

Now, this is a hard saying and difficult for us to do. But Jesus further said “Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Christians reconcile with each other in the name of Jesus. In fact, Jesus assured them that He is present in their midst who come to settle and patch things up. If the one who made the offense also prayed, God opens his heart to humility to ask for forgiveness and reconciliation. True reconciliation, then, is only possible if done in a context of prayer.  Prayer makes reconciliation possible.

 

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