Daily Word Of God
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain any charge. But if he refuses to listen to these, report it to the community; and if he refuses to listen to the community, treat him like a pagan or a tax collector.
‘In truth I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
‘I tell you solemnly once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three meet in my name, I am there with them.’
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- In today’s Gospel Jesus urges His disciples to try to win back those have caused division in the community through their sinful ways. He advises persuasion with compassion and love, instead admonishing the person with harsh words and judgmental ways.
- When we restore and reconcile broken relationships in our community, through our love for our neighbours as Jesus Himself has shown us, we could have won back a soul for God.
- Pray to have the grace and wisdom to be God’s instrument of healing love and peace.