23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 05 Sep 2017
Two people riding on a cart with hay in it
‘Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour’

O God, by whom we are redeemed

and receive adoption,

look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters,

that those who believe in Christ

may receive true freedom

and an everlasting inheritance.

O that today, you would listen to his voice! Responsorial Psalm

Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour. Second Reading

For where two or three meet in my name,

I shall be there with them. Gospel

This week’s texts if you’d like to reflect further: Ezekiel 33:7–9; Psalm 94 (95); Romans 13:8–10; Matthew 18:15–20

‘No man is an island’. We all live in different groups, families, communities, neighbourhoods. Today’s readings invite us to reflect on the best way to behave so as to live peacefully with everyone around us.

In the first reading, the prophet Ezekiel is portrayed as a watchman warning society of potential dangers. Failure to do this will result in him being held responsible for not encouraging the wicked man to renounce his bad ways.

The psalmist urges us to listen to the voice of God and to trust him.

For St Paul, the best way to live peacefully in society is by mutual love. The Commandments can all be summed up by the phrase ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (second reading).

In the Gospel, Jesus gives us practical advice for smooth relationships between people. Meeting and praying as a group, however small, will ensure that he is present amongst us.

This week, then, I may want to focus my prayer on any area of conflict that I know of – and to resolve, with the help of Jesus, to play my part, however small, in contributing to its resolution.