Jesus urges his followers not to accept the silence that destroys community
Sunday, September 6, 2020
In this weekend’s Gospel from St. Matthew, Jesus urges his followers not to accept the silence that destroys community, the silence that prevents healing and reconciliation. He pleads with us not to allow our judgements and disappointments to isolate us from others but confront those problems, the issues that divide us, and embitter us. The Gospel acclamation tells us how important our witness to reconciliation is, for “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ and entrusting to us the message of his reconciliation.” We learn in today’s Gospel that heaven’s agenda is for two disciples, previously alienated, to come together in agreement. This is how heaven comes to earth. Prayer opens one’s heart to the Father’s will that all people live in peace. Confronting another person is never easy. It takes courage. Reconciliation is possible when people possess the skills and the will to accomplish it. We tend to be most skilled in justification rather than selfexamination. Prayer is the way we inform our skill with Spirit. It is staying in touch with your inner spiritual center and its drive for reconciliation. Christ is an active presence drawing people together, where two or three are gathered to seek agreement. We are human beings attempting, to the best of our ability, to be the people God has called us to be. Join me in prayer this Labor Day weekend as I pray for all those who labor and those who seek employment.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len