Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week 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

The peace of the Lord be with you. Today, Jesus reminds us that when two or more are gathered in his name he is in our midst and is giving us counsel. Jesus often speaks to us through our brothers and sisters in the Lord to help us to grow in his love and to help us avoid those pitfalls that can distance us from him and each other. It is important that we listen for His voice from those who only have our best interest at heart and want to ensure our eternal happiness. At times, this may include things we do not want to hear or cannot see, but nonetheless are valid concerns. 

Lord today help me hear your voice and give me the grace and wisdom to apply your guidance that I may grow in your love. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Wednesday, August 12, 2020