Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. Jesus’ words in today’s gospel are often used in situations having to do with church discipline. The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways, and Paul reminds us that love is the fulfilling of the law. We gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.
The prophet’s responsibility to warn the people
I desire the path of your commandments
Live honorably as in the day
Reconciliation in the community of faith
Worship Themes and Music
Today’s readings center around peace and reconciliation. In a world of conflict, it is inevitable that there will be disagreements. We are a sinful people, and complete accord is not possible without God. Listening to or reading this Sunday’s readings may offer some insights into how God’s way of peace and understanding is the best way.
In our song this week, we pray for the blessing of God as we bind together as a community. In our hymn of the day, we also pray to God in song asking for several interventions: give us grace, make us still, set us free, grant us peace, make us stronger, give us faith, encourage, and renew us. The implication is that God in Jesus Christ, not our own action, is what binds us together as a community of faith.
In what parts of the worship service do we show with our actions the peace and reconciliation that comes from God?
Are there situations in your life where reconciliation is needed? How might you make space for God to enter into those conversations?