23rd Sunday of Year A
QPosted on: Tue Dec 11, 2012
6Duration: 7:30 mins
"Today's readings are an important reminder to us that fraternal correction is an obligation of the Christian life, one of the spiritual works of mercy. When Jesus says 'Do not judge' he cannot be saying 'Do not judge actions' because in the Gospel Jesus also says 'If your brother sins against you.' Now to judge that someone has sinned against us means we have to be able to judge that an action is sinful. Furthermore when Jesus says do not judge, he cannot be saying 'Never correct anyone' because Jesus also says "Go and tell him (your brother) his fault." So we have both to judge actions and to confront sinners. .. What we cannot do however is to pass sentence on a person's soul... We cannot know the internal state of a person's soul, except by some miracle. And we cannot judge another in this sense, in the sense of passing sentence on that person. We can and we must however judge certain actions as being evil and, at times, confront sinners."
Readings: Gospel - Matthew 18: 15-20 - If your brother sins (against you), go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
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