Counting on Community

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The readings today really stress community. Ezekiel stresses the importance of warning the wicked people to turn from their ways and in Romans 13 we see that love must be the guiding factor in the reproach. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus explains to his disciples the process of reconciliation. That process is still found today in many conflict resolution books and respectful workplace policies. Go first to your brother or sister and try to work it out.

There is something wise that allowed that process to remain all these centuries. What wisdom do you hold to when interacting with community? How do you encourage others on their paths to wholeness? What is the best way to point out a fault to someone? Words of love must flow in order to win the other’s trust. Jesus was light years ahead of the authors of books on transforming conflict and yet it still applies today. We need community. Loving correction is key to growth. Would you really want to stay stuck in a place that harms others and yourself?

Peace,

Suzanne

About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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