Here we go into September and here is the wisdom I’ve found for this week.
The Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20
18:15 “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.
18:16 But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
18:17 If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
18:18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
18:19 Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
18:20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
“It was in Antioch that the disciples were for the first time called Christians. And about this same time, some prophets came to Antioch from Jerusalem. One of them, named Agabus, stood up one day and, prompted by the Spirit, warned that a severe famine was about to devastate the country. So the disciples decided that each of them would send whatever they could to their fellow Christians in Judea to help out.” – Acts 11:26-30
Is it a coincidence that the followers of Jesus finally get a name of their own (or rather, a name of His own)—and in the same breath, we learn what Christians do: relieve the suffering of distant others?
It is really so simple! The main thing is to love your neighbor as yourself. Once you do that, you will discover at once how everything shall fall into place.
Source: The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
I Believe In All
I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for
may for once spring clear
without my contriving.
If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.
Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing to you as no one ever has,
streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~