6th September- The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

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The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

Matthew 18:15-20

One of the very important things that the church has in its very fabric is harmony. Jesus always speaks about unity among his believers. In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus give guidelines about resolving interpersonal conflicts among his disciples. The disciples of Jesus make up a new community and they are to reflect the gospel of Jesus Christ in their relationships. One basic essence of the New Community in Christ is fellowship and togetherness.

It is quite natural that one person could act against another in any community. Jesus tells the disciples that in such instances people should not live with a grudge or enmity but make an effort to resolve the issue. It is interesting to note that Jesus does not encourage to simply ignore the action or keep a grudge.

He suggests that every effort should be made to resolve. First at a personal level, if that does not work with the assistance of two or three people and if that does not work the whole community should be involved. And if the offender does not show any remorse that as the last resort the relationship may have to come to an end.

But then Jesus tells that the community of believers should be in agreement with each other for their prayers to be heard. Unity and oneness among believers is the prerequisite to experience God’s presence among them. Jesus tells his followers that where two or three gather in his name he will be there among them. This is the joy of Christian fellowship, an experience of God in our midst. May God bless the fellowship of our church and every church that there will be joy and peace in the church of God.

 

Collect

Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may be drawn to you; through him who was lifted up on the cross, and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen