Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church Bulletin 7 September 2014

Weekly Reflection

"If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves."

Matthew 18:15-20

In this week's Gospel, Jesus taught us how to mend a broken relationship.

It's not easy to speak to someone regarding a wrong, especially if the person is close to you. However, it's our Christian duty to confront sin and more so, to offer help to that brother or sister.

Some might feel that it's harsh to confront that person. St Augustine is clear in his interpretation of Jesus' words, "If you fail to do so, you are worse than he is. He has done someone harm, and by doing harm he has stricken himself with a grievous wound. Will you then completely disregard your brother’s wound? Will you simply watch him stumble and fall down? Will you disregard his predicament? If so, you are worse in your silence than he in his abuse."

By not confronting the person in wrong, we are simply condoning him in his wrongdoings. However, confrontation is not to be done with the mindset to shame but rather in loving fraternal correction. We must make every effort to love the person regardless of his wrongdoings and continually offer them the healing love of God.