A Christian model of conflict

 
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23rd Sunday , based on Matthew 18:15-20

“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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  1. Fraternità, parola forte ed alta del Cristianesimo.. Ha detto Albert Camus, scrittore francese del secolo scorso ” sì, tu sei mio fratello, e tutti voi siete miei fratelli, i miei amati fratelli. Ma che gusto schifoso ha qualche volta la fraternità”. L’amore cristiano, quell’amore che nella fraternità porta ad una generosa correzione fraterna, non è una comoda passeggiata nel mondo dei sentimenti. Quando Cristo ci esorta ad amare il nemico, questo fratello può avere un gusto anche ripugnante, schifoso, ma è proprio lì che, superando l’odio e la ripugnanza si rivela la forza dell’Amore! Santo Padre Domenico prega per noi!

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