Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time [I]

Reading Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Gospel Matthew 18:15-20

"‘…where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.’"

Jesus, in today’s Gospel Reading, explains how His followers can keep from having moral punishment fall upon them. Jesus preaches that His followers must seek reconciliation with each other. He also calls upon us to point out a wrong that may have been committed, especially one which destroys harmony and peace. Correcting others in this way is a very hazardous duty. Like almost no other responsibility that we have as Christians, it calls for the virtues of prudence, courage, and meekness. Who can manage this without the help of the Holy Spirit?

Jesus also urges us to pray together. Individual prayer is indispensable, and Jesus elsewhere in the Gospel commands us to go to our rooms and pray in private: but that’s not the limit of our prayer. Where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ Name, He is there in their midst. But we also know that where two or three are gathered for the Mass, Jesus is not only there in their midst, but becomes present in a way that they can receive Him: Body and Blood, soul and divinity.