23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday’s reading in Ezekiel reminds us of the responsibility and power a community of faith has to its individual members and the responsibility and power individual members have to their faith community. We are to watch for one another’s souls, love requires it as the second reading points out. Not only does love require it, love specifies the manner in which our watch care for one another should be conducted.

In the Gospel reading Jesus provides advice for bringing about repentance, reconciliation and restoration between brothers. He offers the only antidote for unforgiveness, and bitterness, unconditional love. We as Christians need to do our part of winning our Brothers and Sisters back and show them the Love that we have received from Christ and witness that Love in hope of reconciliation.

Fr. Jason Keas