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September 10, 2017: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.” (Matthew 18:15-20)

Reflection

This Gospel reading reminds me of the power each of us has to affect another person, especially in the area of forgiveness. I have the power to keep a person “bound” and not even heaven can change that! When I refuse to forgive another, however, I also bind myself. I cannot feel good about myself, one often offends others, if I refuse to forgive someone else.

Action

If I am holding a grudge, failing to forgive or resenting what someone did to me long ago, ask God’s grace this week to “let go” and let come the gift of forgiveness that will set me free.

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Sister Ann Casper

Sister Ann Casper, SP, retired as the executive director for Mission Advancement for the Sisters of Providence in 2018 and currently serves as minister of Providence Community Cemetery at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Sister Ann has ministered in various scholastic and administrative positions in Indiana and North Carolina. She also was a member of the Sisters of Providence leadership team, serving as General Secretary.

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1 Comment

  1. Mike Eck on September 8, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Beautiful reflection Sister Ann. A friend helped save my life in 1996. The two of us experienced a fracture in our friendship 10 years later. The fracture began to heal over a breakfast one morning 10 years after that, when I asked him to forgive me and he asked me to forgive him. I am so grateful for you and the Sisters of Providence for pointing all of us to the Gate.

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