Gospel Reflection 9/10
In this week’s Gospel Jesus discusses how to deal with disputes in the Church. He shares guidance for his followers should deal with conflicts fairly. First the matter should be dealt with privately between the two people. If the matter can not be resolved between the two members of the community then it is necessary to bring in witnesses. Only if these more private ways of resolving conflict fail should the larger community be brought into the conflict and if necessary their is a provision for exclusion from the community. This Gospel provides a process that works to mend relationships rather than perpetuate hatred. This aligns with the idea of forgiving those who have wronged us, promoting forgiveness as a way to overcome hatred.This way of addressing wrongs within the community reflects the broader concept of social justice. It emphasizes the importance of resolving conflicts to maintain harmony and promote justice among individuals in the community. This gospel leads us to reflect on the spiritual works of mercy, particularly “admonishing the sinner” and “instructing the ignorant.” It gives us a practical application of spiritual works in daily life and the responsibility of guiding others toward righteousness. In this resolution process we are called to look beyond our own selves and to move toward Jesus greater calling to assist others. Jesus asks us to develop a culture of accountability were others hearts are not judged, but their actions. Mark finishes this Gospel with Jesus reminding us of the importance of keeping our community focused on him. We are reminded whenever two or more are gathered together there is he in there midst.
Matthew 18:15 -20