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Sunday Scripture Reflection: Matthew 18:15-20

Updated: Sep 9

On this Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, we reflect on Jesus' teaching to his followers regarding the role of the church (community) in seeking to forgive and learning to live with others in love and grace. The lesson is particularly important for us to consider in these days where it seems so easy to participate with the divisive voices in society that appear to say, "there's only one way to do things, and it's my way!"

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. The Scripture passage may be found by following this link: (Matthew 18:15-20).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • What are your general reactions to the words of Jesus in our Scripture lesson? What do you understand the word "reconciliation" to mean in this context?

  • Reflect on the idea that the "community can only forgive" through the process of "forgiveness and forbearance." How can we have the patience and generosity to have forbearance of others transgressions?

  • Read the "WHAT" paragraph below and reflect what it means when the author says, "Jesus' words provide us with assurance and also serve as a precaution?"

  • Read the "SO WHAT" paragraph and reflect on how the community (the "ekklesia") has been given "authority" through patience, love, and generosity.

  • Read the "NOW WHAT" paragraph and reflect on the process of forgiving, especially when the party who must forgive the transgressor is still injured or offended.

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