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<< Wednesday, August 13, 1997 >> Sts. Pontian & Hippolytus
 
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
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Psalm 66 Matthew 18:15-20
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WELL-VERSED?

 
"If your brother should sin against you, go correct him." —Matthew 18:15, our transl.
 

Baptized Christians are our brothers and sisters, whether or not we realize this. If they commit a sin against us, we must forgive and correct them, "but keep it between the two" of us (Mt 18:15). Lamentably, although this first step in reconciliation works most of the time, it is not done very often.

Notice this command applies to brothers and sisters in Christ, not to unbaptized people. We must forgive, pray for (1 Jn 5:16), and evangelize the unbaptized, but we may not always be called to correct them.

Furthermore, we are to correct our brothers and sisters when they sin, not when we feel hurt because we have judged their motives or taken offense. We should overlook faults, weaknesses, and shortcomings but forgive sins.

Finally, we must never mention (even to our spouses) that a brother or sister has sinned against us. If we have sinned by gossiping, we must repent.

If we obey Matthew 18:15, wars will be prevented, marriages reconciled, families restored, and peace established. Obeying this one verse will change the world. Do Matthew 18:15.

 
Prayer: Father, by Your grace I will be a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18).
Promise: "Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He had no equal in all the signs and wonders the Lord sent him to perform." —Dt 34:10-11
Praise: Hippolytus, an anti-pope who caused a schism in the Church for eighteen years, humbled himself, reconciled with Pontian, the true pope, and urged his followers to unite under Pope Pontian. The Lord used his death as a martyr to heal all disunity and schism in the Church.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 1, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 4, 1997
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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