A Note on Today’s Readings Proper 19: Sunday closest to September 14—Year A

 

Welcome to St. Gabriel’s Parish as we celebrate REVIVAL 2017.

We continue to read from the section of Matthew’s Gospel, which deals with

God’s forgiveness and our role in extending His forgiveness to all people.

Peter asks Jesus how many times he is to forgive someone who wrongs him. In

a parable, Jesus explains that God’s forgiveness of us lays on us the

obligations to forgive our brothers and sisters unconditionally.

The first reading brings us to the most important event in the story of God and

the people of Israel. God saved them from the Egyptian army at the sea. The

people were led to safety and freedom. Jesus spoke of his own death and

resurrection as his Exodus. We join him in that Exodus as God leads us to

salvation through the waters of baptism.

In our final reading from Romans, Paul calls on Christians to refrain from

judging one another. The differences between the ways various ones of us

follow Christ are to be accepted. Our responsibility is to love God and each

other.

We are a community marked by faith and obedience to God’s Word. Our life

reflects our relationship with God and our relationships with each other. We

are to be a community marked by acceptance of all and by forgiveness. Not a

gathering of perfected saints—we are, rather, a gathering of sinners who have

known God’s love and forgiveness and who in turn extend that love and

forgiveness to all people.

REVIVE US AGAIN, O LORD.

Father Eddie+