Wednesday of the Ninteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings

Living the Christian life never means that we just calmly except anything another person does.  But we do need to follow a certain procedure in dealing with those sins against us.  It’s not right, for example, when we are wronged, or when we perceive we are wronged, to immediately email everyone we know and slander them.  Nor is it okay for us disciples to talk about a brother or sister in the Lord behind their back.  When someone wrongs us, we owe it to them to give them the opportunity to make amends.  We bring the matter to their attention in charity, and open up a pathway to forgiveness.  If they choose not to take it, we can escalate the issue as our Lord describes in today’s Gospel, but we never have the right to ruin a person’s good name without cause.  Christ has given the keys to forgiveness to the Church as a gift.  But that means that we who are the Church have a responsibility to forgive, just as we have been forgiven.