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Gospel Reflection for September 10, 2017, 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time

8 Sep

Sunday Readings: Ezekiel 33.7-9; Romans 13.8-10; Matthew 18.15-20

“Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”  – Matthew 13.20

“Talk it through” is the nub of Jesus’ advice on what to do when one disciple wrongs another. Step one is one-on-one dialogue. If that fails, step two advises us to bring witnesses for another face-to-face talk. The aim is to win over an offending member of the community. If that fails, the person gets treated as a Gentile or tax-collector, an outsider. However, Jesus is famous for reaching out to just such people.

How much festering resentment and ill will can we avoid if we speak directly with people or organizations that wrong us–not to chide or scold but to let them know how we feel and how what they are doing affects us. The binding and loosing Jesus empowers his followers to do is not for punishing but for healing.

What value do you put on face-to-face conversation for clearing up a wrong or supposed wrong? What works to stop the spread of accusations on social media?

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Invisible Children and #KONY2012

7 Mar

“Where you live should not determine if you live.”

Two days ago, Invisible Children started a campaign of awareness called “Kony 2012.” Since then, over 7 million people have watched this video and started spreading the word.

Joseph Kony has been committing war crimes in Africa for 26 years, yet many people in the world have never heard of him.  Invisible Children and #Kony2012 aim to change that and to bring Joseph Kony to justice.

Help make Joseph Kony famous.  Sign the petition, contact policymakers and culture makers, and spread the word.

“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

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