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Pray With Us (weekly reflection)

Reflection for September 17, 2017
 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Sirach 27: 30-28: 7
Second Reading: Romans 14: 7-9
Gospel: Matthew 18: 21-35

As I reflect on this day's readings we are in the middle of the devastation of part of the coast of Texas and Florida. Charlotesville is engraved on our minds.  Terrorist activities seem to be increasing around the world.  Murder is rampant in our large cities.  As we reflect on the readings of September 17, how can we apply them to our lives?  I encourage each of us to ponder some of the following:

Wrath and anger are hateful things.
Forgive your neighbor's injustice.
Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord?

None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.

How often must I forgive?  "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times."


Loving God, be with me as I ponder your words.  Give me the courage to really listen to them and find ways to live them.  Help me make my actions conform to your teaching.

Jean Marie Cleveland, osf