Thursday, September 3, 2020
Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20
Jesus said to his disciples: “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. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell the Church. If he refuses to listen even to the Church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 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.”
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The story is told about Mr. A and Mr. B who have been friends for more than thirty years. Like other friendships they also have their own share of disagreements. Ninety-five percent of it emanates from their high sense of self or ego. Whenever they have disagreements it normally takes them almost a month before they talk again all because of ego.
In the gospel reading it says: “If your brother sins against you go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.” This is not easy to do, if someone sins against us would we still be willing to go to the individual at fault just to tell him about it? Isn’t our mindset the other way around?
To reach out to someone who did us wrong is hard to do, unless we have the virtue of Humility. The normal scenario here would be like this: You sinned against me or you did me wrong, you therefore have to apologize to me and not me going to you to tell you that you sinned against me.
It takes great humility to say: I’m sorry or to apologize. However, this is what we are called to do as followers of Jesus for the simple reason that Jesus is the number one model of humility.
We may not know this but truth be told, if we are humble we silently earn the respect and admiration of everyone. If we are humble we are always peaceful and the more that Jesus is seen in our lives. – Marino J. Dasmarinas