Revised Homily for September 7, 2014
Year A. Matthew 18:15-20.
(first posted September 4, 2011)
Today's Lectionary Gospel reading calls for honesty, humility and confession. It reads as a deeply troubling text which breaks open a festering wound within the body of Christ, a wound not easily addressed or healed.
Here we are confronted by the words of Jesus, who is deeply concerned with how we treat each other and how conflict is to be resolved within his newly transformed community. Therefore, this text also confronts us with the truth that following Jesus, as we have said over and over again, is supremely something to be done, not just something to be thought or studied.