September 10th 2017
Sep 10, 2017
By definition ‘COMMUNITY’ is a group of
people living in the same place or having a
particular characteristic in common. To belong
to a particular community is a personal
decision to make. Immaculate Heart of
Mary is our community where we share
common interest and share the same religious
belief. For most of us, our community
is a place where we experience friendship
and love like a true family.
However, we must bear in mind that there
is no perfect community. IHM, like any
community everywhere, is composed of
people with diverse cultural background
and orientation. While we strive to be united
at all times we can’t help but deal with
some misunderstandings because people
have different opinions on certain issues.
But at the end of the day we must all realize
that the community by and large is
more important than our personal interest.
Jesus is aware that the religion he organized
is a community of people who may
come up with different views on certain issues
and misunderstanding can crop up.
Hence, in our Gospel reading he offers a
practical solution on how to resolve conflict
among the members of the community. Jesus
said to his disciples: “If your brother
sins against you go and tell him his
fault between you and him alone. If
he listens, you have won over your
brother. If he does not listen, take one
or two others along with you, so that
every fact may be established on the
testimony of two or three witnesses.”
This is what we call FRATERNAL CORRECTION.
Genuine love for the neighbor
implies willingness to correct him, if necessary,
and to accept correction as well. We
must also understand that fraternal correction
given with due respect and inspired by
love is a favor for which we should be
grateful, even if it hurts our pride.